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LincolnHealth Lymphedema Therapy


What is Lymphedema

  • Lymphedema is swelling in various parts of the body caused by a build-up of lymphatic fluid in the tissues.
  • It can be caused by damage to lymph nodes or vessels as a result of  surgery or radiation treatments for breast cancer or prostate cancer. It can also be caused by other surgeries, trauma or infections, or be the result of rare inherited conditions.

Symptoms of Lymphedema include:

  • Heaviness, fullness, achiness or limited movement in affected areas
  • Swelling of a limb or body part that worsens over time
  • Repeated infections in the affected area
  • Skin thickening, sometimes associated with a clear fluid leaking from the skin


Lymphedema Therapy is an outpatient program that provides relief for the build up of lymph fluid in various parts of the body through:

  • manual lymph drainage (MLD): a gentle type of massage that moves fluid from blocked pathways, reducing swelling
  • compression therapy: a gradual compression of the affected area using special bandaging techniques and compression garments to reduce swelling and improve circulation
  • skin care
  • exercise and ongoing education



Therapy includes:

  • a thorough evaluation to determine baseline measurements of the affected area
  • a personalized treatment plan based on each patient's specific needs
  • a treatment plan consisting of 10 to 20 sessions depending on the severity of the problem

Talk to your Doctor

  • See if you could benefit from treatment from a LincolnHealth Lymphedema Therapist.
  • Many insurance companies will pay for lymphedema therapy with a doctor's referral.
  • Questions? Call us at 633-1928 at LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus in Boothbay Harbor or 563-4517 at LincolnHealth -  Miles Campus in Damariscotta.







6 St. Andrews Lane | Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 | (207) 633-2121