TREATING LYMPHEDEMA SUCCESSFULLY: A CASE STUDY
Treating lymphedema successfully in our outpatient setting has allowed patient M. Silver to begin to heal his bilateral, lower extremity swelling (photo above is not M. Silver, but rather an example of lower extremity lymphedema.) M. Silver has venous insufficiency, swelling in his legs, and has developed an ulcer between his 1st and 2nd toe, resulting in a fungal infection.
Treatment began with compression therapy, applied by Julia, our certified, manual, lymphedemic physical therapist, an Unna Boot, an increase in his diruetics (medicine to reduce swelling,) an oral fungal pill called Lamisil, and a special powder called Nystatin (both used to treat the fungus.)
M.Silver has been here for only 1 week and he is already improving, estimating his full treatment at about 2-4 weeks total. All in our outpatient setting, so M.Silver can get his treatment, get healed, and get on with his life.
Treating lymphedema successfully can be achieved if all of the underlying conditions causing lymphedema are addressed.Tags: Dr. Bruce Ruben, lymphedema, venous ablation, venous insufficiency