Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is a protein-rich swelling in the superficial tissues of the body. This condition most commonly occurs in the arms and legs, but can also accumulate in the face, neck, abdomen and genitalia. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is impaired and unable to move these swellings through the appropriate channels and filter them back into the venous system.

There are two types of Lymphedema:

  • Primary Lymphedema caused by birth defects involving the lymphatic system can occur in either childhood or adulthood
  • Secondary Lymphedema caused by surgery, radiation treatment, infection or trauma

If left untreated, Lymphedema can progress through three stages:

  • Stage I, Reversible: minimal swelling
  • Stage II, Spontaneously irreversible: moderate swelling with hardening of fluids
  • Stage III, Elephantiasis: severe swelling with possible infections weeping, color changes and wounds

If you suffer from Lymphedema, you need to know that there is hope. Through a two-phase treatment program, quality of life can be restored.

Thompson's professionals are dedicated to providing excellent service to all patients. Therapists have been educated in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and have achieved certification through intense training. CDT consists of four main elements:

  • Skin care
  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
  • Compression therapy
  • Decongestive exercises

You will need a referral from your physician for an evaluation and/or treatment.

Thompson Health offers Lymphedema Therapy by Occupational Therapists in the Rehabilitation Services Department.


Canandaigua Rehabilitation
Part of F.F. Thompson Hospital 
699 South Main Street, Suite 2A, Canandaigua
(585) 396-6050