Multidisciplinary Care for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders

Lymphatic and venous disorders often have profound functional and psychological implications for patients and their families. Caring for patients with edema is a complex task requiring input from many specialists. To meet these challenges, the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for adults and children.

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900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Care and Treatment of Lymphatic and Venous Disorders

Treatments

The recommended treatments in lymphatic and venous disorders will depend heavily on the individual diagnosis, and may include manual therapies, medications, dietary management, procedural interventions, or even surgery.

Many of the patients in our center have lymphedema as a major component of the clinical problem. In the context of lymphedema, we have very specific short- and long-term goals:

  • Maximal reduction of edema and restoration of normal volume of the limbs
  • Optimal skin care and maintenance of normal skin texture
  • Reduction of the risk of recurrent infection
  • Maximal restoration of normal function of the limbs
  • Patient education to foster independent maintenance of health

Complex decongestive physiotherapy (CDPT)

An inter-related set of therapies which lead to a reduction in the size of the affected arm or leg; include manual lymphatic massage or drainage and  compression garments or bandaging.

Compressive garments/bandaging

Special short-stretch bandages are applied in a specific manner to provide a pressure gradient that reduces edema volume.

Compressive methods and devices

A range of compressive methods and devices, including garments, exercise and pumps to help reduce fluid buildup in lymphedema.

Decongestive lymphantic therapy

A range of therapeutic treatments to help stimulate lymphatic flow, reduce infection, and decrease edema.

Diuretic therapy

A therapy to help restore and maintain normal volume status in patients with clinical evidence of fluid overload, such as lymphedema.

Lymph node transplant

A surgical transplantation procedure in which lymph nodes are moved from one part of the body (usually the abdomen) to the lymphedema affected area.

Pneumatic pumps

A machine with an inflatable sleeve with multiple chambers (like balloons) that inflate one after the other to stimulate the flow of lymph in the right direction.

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AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT

Nurse line: 1-650-736-1387

International Patients

Phone: +1-650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

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PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-721-3476
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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