Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema is defined as the abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid, which causes swelling of a body part. It can reduce an individual's ability to function and alter body image, leading to an impaired quality of life. One can be born with the condition or it can occur later in life, often after a surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation or traumatic injury.

Surgical procedures and/or radiation therapy for the treatment of breast, gynecological, head, neck, prostate or testicular, bladder, colon cancers or melanomas may cause lymphedema to occur. Early assessment and treatment are key factors in helping improve one's function and prevent long-term complications.

Saint Barnabas’ Lymphedema Program offers a comprehensive approach including:

  • Evaluation by a physician upon request
  • Initial evaluation by certified therapists (with a physician's prescription)
  • Individually designed treatment plan
  • Follow-up sessions as needed
  • Ongoing education and support groups
  • Treatment of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), an abnormal circulatory condition

Our occupational and physical therapists are specially trained in complex decongestive therapy and manual lymph drainage. They utilize the most current and progressive techniques to improve function and reduce lymphedema.

Treatment plans are customized to meet the needs of each individual and involve:

  • Manual drainage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Patient education, including skin care and precautions
  • Home exercise program

Saint Barnabas’ Lymphedema Program professionals provide the necessary emotional support and reassurance to help achieve optimal mobility, function and independence.

The Lymphedema Program is available at the RWJBarnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center’s comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston.

For additional information, please call (973) 322-7500.