HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese is pleased to introduce lymphedema treatment, information, education and support. Lymphedema is a chronic condition resulting in the swelling of one or more limbs and often the corresponding quadrant of the trunk, face, neck, and/or genitals.
Caused by a disruption of the lymphatic system, lymphedema leads to the accumulation of fluid in body tissues. This disruption may occur following surgery, trauma, disease or radiation therapy, or it can be genetic. Symptoms often include a sensation of heaviness or fullness, tight-feeling skin, decreased flexibility, swelling in specific areas, and non-healing wounds.
If lymphedema goes untreated, it can lead to conditions or health issues including:

  • Cancer or cancer surgery

  • Lymph node removal

  • Cardiac bypass surgery

  • Venous insufficiency

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Obesity

Those with Lymphedema have help available locally through HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Highland and Breese. Both are now offering a highly effective treatment for lymphedema known as complete decongestive therapy (CDT). Recommended by the International Society of Lymphology, CDT often lasts two to four weeks. Treatment may include manual lymph drainage, compression (pumps, garments or bandaging), therapeutic exercise, and skin care. Proper treatment often leads to:

  • Reduction of swelling to normal or near normal size.

  • Wound healing and reduced risk of skin infections.

  • Softened skin texture and improved skin health.

  • Improved functioning of the affected limb.

  • Improved quality of life through effective swelling control.

Tonya Troxell, occupational therapist at HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese and Highland, received her certification in lymphedema therapy from Klose Training. She is trained to treat and manage lymphedema, as well as other conditions that cause swelling.
Physical Therapist Maggie Timmermann, who works with Troxell in the Rehab Department at HSHS St. Joseph’s HealthPlex north of the Breese hospital, has more than six years of experience in providing lymphedema management education and treatment via manual drainage techniques. 
Rehab Services at both facilities are available by appointment with a referral from a provider. 

Photo: Occupational Therapist Tonya Troxell (left) joins Physical Therapist Maggie Timmermann (right) in providing relief to patients suffering from lymphedema. Both see patients by appointment in the Rehab Department at HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese, which is located in the HealthPlex, north of the hospital along Jamestown Road. Troxell also sees patients at St. Joseph’s Highland.

About Klose Training
Klose Training & Consulting was established by Guenter Klose, the only MLD/CDT Instructor certified by the Physical Therapy Association of Germany (Verband Physicalische Therapie) actively teaching in the United States. Trained in Complete Decongestive Therapy at the world-renowned Foeldi Clinic in Germany in 1984, Klose’s extensive experience and ongoing relationship with progressive and creative therapists and physicians of the Foeldi Clinic resulted in Klose Training offering the highest-quality Lymphedema Therapy Certification courses available in this country. For more information about Klose Training, visit: http://klosetraining.com/about-us/klose-training/

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