What is Lymphedema?
Women treated for breast cancer who have had lymph nodes removed may be at risk for a particular kind of arm swelling, known as lymphedema. Some patients get symptoms right away, while others may never experience lymphedema or may begin showing signs of the condition many years later.
What can be done to Treat Lymphedema?
Tammee Stebbins, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, is Katzmann Breast Center’s lymphedema specialist. She offers a wide range of therapies for women suffering from this uncomfortable, often debilitating condition. Tammee also provides education about lymphedema, comprehensive manual Vodder massage techniques, specialized bandaging, exercise techniques, and measuring for and ordering custom compression garments.
In addition, Tammee offers other types of treatment for extremity range of motion deficits, extremity weakness, pain control, and scar adhesion relief.
Treatment is also available for other diagnosis relating to lymphedema especially in the area of gynecological issues.
Tammee offers a lymphedema support group the first Monday of each even month at 6 p.m. at Katzmann Breast Center, 1601 NW 114th St., Suite 151, Clive. She also directs a lymphedema aquatic exercise class on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the YMCA Healthy Living CenterTM in Clive.