What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the swelling of the body’s soft tissue, usually in an extremity, caused by an accumulation of proteins, cells and water. Normally these proteins, along with excess cells and water, are carried away by our circulatory or lymph systems. Lymphedema occurs when these systems are damaged. Although lymphedema is a chronic condition, it can be managed with proper care and treatment.
What does the Lymphedema Treatment Center at Mather offer?
The Lymphedema Treatment Center at Mather is one of the largest hospital-based programs in the Northeast, with a combined knowledge and experience of over 50 years to help patients manage this chronic condition. The Center uses Complete Decongestive Therapy or (CDT), a non-invasive treatment program that allows patients to manage their lymphedema.
Our Center also offers the only Lymphedema support group in Suffolk County. In addition, community lymphedema screenings are held throughout the year, and the Center offers an early detection program for patients at the Fortunato Breast Health Center.
The Center has been a long-term affiliate of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN).