Lymphedema is a condition that occurs in patients that have had their lymph nodes removed, infected or damaged. In certain cases related to cancers, surgeons may recommend removing damaged lymph nodes in part of the cancer treatment or as a preventative biopsy measure. Lymphedema involves fluid retention and swelling in the arms, legs and other parts of the body related to nearby lymph nodes. Although lymphedema can occur anywhere in the body when lymph nodes are removed, it most often affects individuals who have been treated for breast cancer, prostate cancer and chronic venous insufficiency

Reston Therapy & Fitness Center offers complete decongestive therapy (CDT), involving manual lymph drainage (MLD) performed by a lymphedema therapist at our clinic. Lymphedema treatment requires the skills of a certified CDT/MLD therapist, who directs the lymphatic fluid to intact lymph nodes and helps reduce the swelling associated with lymphedema.

What to expect from CDT & MLD

If you've been diagnosed with lymphedema, the condition must be managed for the rest of your life. The good news is that the swelling may be controlled with effective lymphedema treatment by our therapists.

Complete decongestive therapy is a highly successful treatment for lymphedema. CDT consists of manual lymph drainage, compression therapy using multilayered bandages, remedial exercises and skin care.

At your first visit, the therapist will evaluate your condition and discuss your treatment goals. You'll also learn where to purchase bandaging supplies needed for your care. Be aware that most insurance companies do not pay for bandaging supplies.

Your second, third and further follow-up visits will involve limited MLD and bandaging until you have learned to manage the swelling effectively. You'll be trained in compression bandaging, remedial exercises with the bandages in place and skin care. The goal of lymphedema treatment is to help you become independent in managing your condition.

Check our online Health Library for more information about lymphedema.

Contact us

To get started, you'll need your insurance information and a dated prescription from your doctor providing your diagnosis. Before your first appointment, we first require that you download and complete the patient registration form. Bring this paperwork, your prescription, insurance card and photo ID to your first office visit. Dress in comfortable clothing

Our weekly office hours for appointments are as follows:

Monday - Thursday | 6:30am - 7:30pm

Friday | 6:30am - 3:00pm

To schedule an appointment with a member of our lymphedema therapy specialists or if you would like more information about the services offered at Reston Therapy & Fitness Center in general, reach out to our staff on the office’s direct phone line at (703) 689-9250.

Additionally, Reston's Consult-A-Nurse® phone line is also available 24/7 should you want more information outside of regular hospital hours at (877) 689-3627 (DOCS).