Lymphedema Therapy

Does Lymphedema keep you from living a full life?

“The number one cause of leg swelling in women over 50 is vein disease.  If vein disease is the source of your leg swelling correcting the bad veins helps the swelling“ 

If you have ‘lymphedema’ or swelling in your arms or legs everyday activities can be frustrating.  Swelling occurs when there is an accumulation of ‘lymph’ fluid in the soft tissue between your skin and muscles.  As swelling worsens pain, skin changes, water blisters, weeping of fluid, infection, mobility problems and disability can develop. 

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you have lymphedema.  There is hope. Your quality of life can improve with care from the VSS lymphedema therapy team. Your VSS Lymphedema therapy team can help you get your life back.

In simple terms, if you have leg or arm swelling increased lymph fluid creation overloads your normal lymphatic system or a defective lymph system is unable to remove the normal amount of lymphatic fluid. 

There are two types of lymphedema. Primary lymphedema is an inherited problem of the lymphatic system (onset from birth to adulthood). Secondary lymphedema is acquired with multiple causes including complications of cancer surgery and therapy in the US; vein disease, thyroid, heart, liver, kidney disease; and medications.

The bottom line, lymphedema therapy at Vein Specialists of the South can help you get your quality of life back.

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How Does Lymphedema Therapy Help?

The goal of lymphedema therapy is to reduce the burden of living with chronic swelling and empowering each patient to overcome the physical and emotional suffering of lymphedema. This happens when you learn the techniques to control the swelling, restore the functional capacity of the patient and prevent infection.


*Individual Results May Vary

Tenets of Lymphedema Therapy?

The mainstay of Lymphedema Therapy is Manual Lymph Drainage  (MLD)

  1. Reroutes lymphatic flow via alternatives pathways with a specialized massage technique for improved lymph flow. 
  2. Limitations to MLD: a skin infection, blood clots, or active disease in the lymph drainage area.

Improving Lymphedema with compression modalities: (one or more modalities: used according to the type and degree of swelling.)

  1. Multilayer lymphedema wraps.
  2. Graduated compression garments/socks: compression gradually decreases as you move up the extremity.
  3. Pneumatic compression sleeves: worn on the affected limb up to an hour per day applying intermittent compression. 
  4. Medical grade graduated compression: tighter at the hands and feet gradually decreases up the extremity. 


  1. Encourages lymph flow and helps clear swelling.
  2. Maintain and improves your strength and muscular pump.  
  3. Wearing compression while exercising helps clear swelling.
  4. Targeted exercise helps manage swelling and pain.

Skincare is important: 

  1. Improves and maintains skin integrity 
  2. Decreases the risk of bacterial and fungal infection

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you suffer from lymphedema, you are a good candidate for therapy.  

  1. With a simple outpatient visit to VSS, we can evaluate you for vein and lymphatic disease and determine your best plan of care for your particular problem.   
  2. Control of lymphedema is vital to maintaining a better quality of life. 

Schedule your consultation with Vein Specialists of the South to learn more about lymphedema and how we can help.

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What is Lymphedema Therapy Like?

Lymphedema therapy is an ongoing regimen of care. Occupational therapists and physical therapists, along with OT Assistants and PT Assistants with additional training, experience, and credentials to provide lymphedema care.  

Your therapy plan will depend on: 

  1. Which body area is affected.
  2. The underlying cause of your lymphedema 
  3. Your unique needs as a patient.

Why VSS for your Lymphedema Therapy?

VSS has a fully integrated vein and lymphedema care team.  

  1. Dr. Harper and the VSS team have been helping people with leg swelling since 2000. 
  2. VSS is one of the first integrated vein and lymphedema practices in the country.  
  3. At VSS we understand and can identify and treat your underlying vein disease and your lymphedema.  
  4. Lymphedema therapy is a team effort.
  5. Your VSS Lymphedema Team is led by Barbara Jones Campbell, OT and our team of Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants. 

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Receive a FREE resource and learn how our Lymphedema team can give you hope for your swollen legs.

Are painful Swollen Legs preventing you from enjoying an evening out with friends?

  • Identify the causes of leg swelling.
  • Learn why swollen leg symptoms affect your quality of life.
  • Understand how working with a specialist in lymphedema care makes a difference.

What Results Will I See?*

The lymphedema team develops a life long relationship with our patients.

  1. Treatment is a process of education, therapy, and maintenance.   
  2. Your results will depend on your continued participation in the therapy. Swelling and pain improve dramatically allowing most patients to achieve a dramatic improvement in their quality of life.  
  3. After an initial treatment phase, most patients can be managed with a set of outpatient therapies.  
  4. Occasional follow-up visits may be needed if there is a period of exacerbation of the swelling.   

Is There Any Downtime?

That is a great question.  

  1. Most patients with lymphedema already suffer from some disability.
  2. Lymphedema can rob you of mobility 
  3. And keep you from living your life to the fullest.

Lymphedema therapy is designed to help you regain your quality of life and get your life back.

Take the First Step – Call Today

Since 1997 Vein Specialists of the South has helped thousands of patients like you with varicose veins, spider veins, and leg swelling. Dr. Kenneth Harper a leader in vein health is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Vein and Lymphatic Medicine. Terri Harper, MSN, FNP-C, is a leader in the field of cosmetic spider vein education. Our dedicated nurse injectors have been trained by the best.

At VSS we have a passion for veins  big and small. Serving more than 20,000 patients, Vein Specialists of the South is committed to bringing you Better Veins for Life®. Call today to schedule an appointment with the VSS team,  ‘where veins are not just one thing we do, they are the only thing we do.’

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*Individual Results May Vary

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