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Lymphedema Care Services Now Available at UMCP's Hamilton Site

Aug 12, 2009
 

Princeton, NJ - University Medical Center at Princeton's Outpatient Rehabilitation Network has added lymphedema care services to its extensive list of comprehensive therapeutic and rehabilitative services. UMCP's Outpatient Rehabilitation Network is dedicated to providing services to reduce discomfort or pain caused by an illness or injury and restore function. Lymphedema care services are being offered at UMCP's Outpatient Rehabilitation at Hamilton at the Hamilton Area YMCA-John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, in Hamilton.

Lymphedema, a common cause of swelling due to the collection of too much lymph fluid, affects nearly one million Americans. The number of people worldwide with this condition is expected to soon approach 100 million. UMCP's lymphedema management care services are designed to help patients suffering from lymphedema due to, or as a result of:

  • Post breast, ovarian or prostate cancer
  • Surgery (orthopedic, cardiac and abdominal)
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (when leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart)
  • Trauma (a physical injury, generally severe)
  • Primary lymphedema (a rare, inherited condition)

UMCP's certified therapists specialize in the Vodder technique of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). This therapy is a comprehensive treatment that includes the following:

  • Compression bandaging
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Skin and nail care
  • Compression garment fitting
  • Personalized education self-care

A written prescription from a physician with a diagnosis of lymphedema is necessary to begin a plan of care. Registration is required for an initial evaluation. Please contact Jayanti Ingle, DPT, MPH, Rehab Manager, University Medical Center at Princeton, at 609.497.4218 or jingle@princetonhcs.org with questions. To schedule an appointment, call UMCP Outpatient Rehabilitation at Hamilton at 609.581.5910.

UMCP's Outpatient Rehabilitation Network has five convenient locations throughout central New Jersey, including facilities in Princeton; Cranbury, Lawrenceville, and Hamilton. These facilities provide the following services: therapy for back and knee pain; post-hip and knee surgery therapy; rehabilitation programs for sports injuries; stroke rehabilitation; pain management; lymphedema management; hand therapy; ergonomic assessments; therapy to aid in the recovery of swallowing function; speech and language therapy; pediatric rehabilitation; and industrial rehabilitation.