Spring Hill, Florida (February 20, 2019) – Oak Hill Hospital offers lymphedema treatment services by its own certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) who works with inpatients at the bedside to plan for care after discharge as well as with outpatients by providing comprehensive decongestive therapy with their lymphedema kits.
What is Lymphedema?
The lymphatic system is responsible for absorbing fluid from the tissues and transporting it back into circulation. Lymphedema is the abnormal build-up of protein and fluid that causes tissue swelling, primarily in the arms and legs. It is typically caused by damage to the body’s lymphatic system, resulting from surgery, treatment from cancer, which can include lymph node removal and/or radiation therapy infection or hereditary condition.
A person with lymphedema might experience:
- Heaviness in the affected arm or leg
- Clothing or jewelry beginning to feel tight
- Loss of normal contours of the arm and leg
- Decreased flexibility
- Indentation in the skin when pressure is applied to the area
What is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist?
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) and the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA) has set standards to ensure that clinicians have sufficient training in the management of lymphedema. CDT involves two phases where phase one involves manual lymph drainage and bandaging to congest the limb and phase two aims to maintain decongestion through a whole program usually including wearing of compression garments.
For more information go to OakHillHospital.com/rehab or contact the Rehabilitation Services Department at 352-597-6321. The Rehabilitation Services Department is located at 11307 Cortez Boulevard, State Road 50, Brooksville, Florida 34613.
Attached photo: Felipe Chin, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
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About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984, is the area’s largest private employer with 280 beds, and is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus Counties. The facility offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including an arrhythmia center and open-heart surgery. Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team is comprised of over 600 physicians, 1,486 associates, and over 265 volunteers.
Oak Hill Hospital is an accredited teaching hospital with approval to train 65 residents in the Internal Medicine residency program, 24 residents in the Family Medicine program, 18 residents in the General Surgery program integrated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 18 residents in the Emergency Medicine program, 18 residents in the Anesthesiology program, 6 residents in the Podiatry program, and 10 residents in the Transitional Year program.
The Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital offers advanced labor and delivery capabilities in a comfortable and family centered setting. In addition to the Graduate Medical Education Program, Oak Hill Hospital offers several unique programs in the area, including a 24/7 Critical Care Medicine Program staffed by Intensivists, and a Pediatric ER. Please visit our website for a comprehensive listing of all Oak Hill Hospital accreditations, awards, and distinctions.
The hospital is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL; 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Katie Stacy, Director of Public Relations & Communications, at 352-597-6317. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit OakHillHospital.com, or Like Us on Facebook.