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Welcome to Lymphedema & Wound Care Consultants

Where your well-being
is our priority

About us

The Lymphedema & Wound Care Consultants founded in 1989, was the first lymphedema center in the Houston area. During this time we have developed a strong satellite program with numerous treatment centers throughout the Houston and surrounding area.

Our Manual Lymph Drainage therapists are Vodder and Foldi certified, licensed by the State of Texas and trained by the Boston School of Advanced Compression, the Norton School of Lymphedema Management, the American Academy of Lymphatic Studies and the Southwest Institute for Advanced Compression

Have you experienced swelling?

Lymphedema Treatment Method

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

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MLD is a light, massage technique resembling a”butterfly stroke”. MLD stimulates the lymphatic capillaries and promotes the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb. This massage technique (MLD), is specifically focused on the lymphatic channels to increase the flow of lymphatic fluid. MLD is applied to your unaffected areas first, to decongest the lymphatic channels to allow for the movement of lymphatic fluid away from the affected area.

MLD results in opening the functioning lymph collectors and moves protein and lymph fluid into them, as well as assisting in increasing lymph flow throughout the lymphatic system.

Compression Therapy

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Compression Therapy
Compression therapy is applied after your MLD is completed. Multi Layered Bandaging (MLB) is applied to help move the excess fluid out of the limb, and to prevent the fluid from back flowing into the limb. The science behind compression bandaging is that by applying pressure to the tissue from the outside, aids in moving the fluid into the lymphatic system. The lymphatic fluid is then processed and absorbed or eliminated by your body.

Compression Garments
After the reduction of fluid in the affected area is achieved, medical compression garments are worn to maintain this reduction. Wearing compression garments protects the affected area from having the lymph fluid return. There are many types of compression wear available and your therapist will work with you to find the right garment for you.

Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

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Lymphedema management requires that proper diet, nutrition and exercise are integral in maintaining edema reduction.

Diets high in salt, fat and preservatives may cause an new onset of lymphedema. Diagnostic testing, including an oxygen uptake test, is performed to test the metabolic rate and monitor the caloric intake, this helps to determine a proper diet and nutrition plan as well as monitor patient compliance.

Range of Motion Exercises (ROM) in moving lymphatic fluid.  These exercises, along with wearing your compression, allow your muscles to assist in  pushing  the  fluid up and out of your limb.  Your therapist will provide you with the correct exercises for your treatment plan. We recommend you do not start any exercise program without consulting your physician or therapist first.

Skin & Nail Care

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Lymphedema patients are have a higher risk for infection. This makes it very important to keep their skin healthy. Keeping your skin moist to avoid dry, possibly cracking skin will prevent bacteria and fungus from entering the body and causing infections. You should pay close attention to nail care to prevent ingrown nails or hangnails.

When getting a manicure, make sure you are being manicured with clean instruments and explain that you have lymphedema and must avoid nicks or cutting of your cuticles.

Additionally, protect your skin from sunburns or insect bites, by using sunscreen and insect repellant, when outdoors.

Wound Care

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Your wound will be assessed and our physician will develop a treatment plan to treat your wound. Wound care dressings including UNNA boots and other topical wound care dressings will be applied, in conjunction with compression therapy, to assist in the healing of decubitus ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and other chronic non-healing wounds.

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

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Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the gold standard in treatment for Lymphedema. CDT is an intensive program combining multiple treatment modalities including manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, diet and nutritional counseling, range of motion exercises, compression garments, and meticulous nail and skin care. The goal of CDT is to decrease the swelling in the limb to normal size, or as close to normal as possible, and to improve the health and integrity of the skin.

Compression Pump Therapy

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Pneumatic compression pumps are designed to assist in the moving of venous and lymphatic fluid when the vessels are impaired. Peristaltic pneumatic compression will propel the fluid through the body mechanically, allowing it to be excreted normally, without the use of diuretics.

Pneumatic compression pumps may only be used under a physicians order. The pump may be supervised in the facility in conjunction with other treatment modalities. The physician may also order the pump for permanent home use, however the physician must prescribe the treatment pressure, frequency and duration of use.

Transition to Home Maintenance Phase

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Once you have completed your treatment in our program, you will receive education and training to maintain and control the maximum reduction in swelling achieved during your time in our clinic.  You will be measured for compression wear to wear daily, and for night garments, if needed.

Before discharging from your treatment, you will be able to:

  • Self Lymphatic Drainage (SLD) to move stagnant lymph out of the tissues.
  • Compression bandaging to prevent the swelling from returning to the tissue, if needed.
  • Skin care to maintain the health and integrity of your skin, to assist and prevent a wound and/or infection.
  • Range of Motion Exercises to maintain the flow of lymph, increase your mobility, assist in controlling your weight, and improve your general health and well-being.
  • Diet and Nutritional Counseling to aid in maintaining a healthy weight and low sodium diet.

Education for Patient, Family, Caregiver, etc.

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If you are unable perform any of the home maintenance program to maintain and manage your lymphedema at home, a family member or caregiver will be educated and trained to take over this role for you, before you are discharged from our clinic.

Pre -OP Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

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Receiving MLD treatments a week or so before surgery, prepares the area of the body about to undergo an operation. The increase in lymphatic flow results in the reabsorbtion of excess protein, cellular debris and waste that have accumulated in the interstitial spaces of your skin.

MLD increases blood flow, promotes detoxification, facilitates healing and supports the immune system. The effects of MLD treatment may reduce the risk of post-surgical complications and assist in avoiding infection, excessive swelling, bruising and scar tissue.

Post -OP Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

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Surgery can depress the function of the lymphatic system. Receiving MLD therapy after surgery can stimulate temporary rerouting of lymph to functional vessels and nodes to reduce swelling.

MLD therapy provides a wide variety of benefits, and the most significant post-op benefit is the reduction of pain, bruising and edema. Post-Op MLD can accelerate the healing process.

Testimonials

What our patients are saying

“Dr. Moosa and his staff are kind, caring, amazing, stupendous and go the extra mile for their patients. I’ve been going these last few months and my life is better for it!!! They are knowledgeable about Lymphedema and how it effects your body. The treatments suggested have started to turn my life around. Finally after 10+ years I’m getting the help I’ve longed, begged, pleaded and cried for!!!”

– R.

“To Whom It May Concern:
Mr. Jessie went above and beyond to show me the utmost kindness and love in his service, and I thank him, he made my day.”

– A. S.

“I am very pleased with Edith, my therapist and the staff at this facility. I am also very pleased with their knowledge and skill in dealing with my specific lymphedema issues.”

– L. H.