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Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment Program

The Marianjoy Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment Program provides education, treatment, and self-management training for patients who are affected by lymphedema or chronic swelling.

There are many causes or reasons why a patient may require treatment for lymphedema. Some of these reasons may include:

  • Removal of lymph nodes due to cancer
  • Damage to the lymphatic system due to radiation
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Trauma
  • Congenital lymphedema


Marianjoy’s Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment program services may include any of the following:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s history, lymphedema, and functional limitations
  • Education on lymphedema prevention, home exercise, use of compression, and adaptive equipment
  • Manual lymphatic drainage to decrease the swelling
  • Compression bandaging
  • Family education and training to assist the patient in managing their condition

For more information

For the best choice in rehabilitation programs and services to address lymphedema, please call 630-909-6050 or email Marianjoy’s Lymphedema Program Coordinator, Cindy Rechenmacher, PT, MS, Clt-LANA, OCS at











For more information about lymphedema, check these related links:

Chicago-Area Lymphedema Study Group

Marianjoy coordinates an email question resource for therapists who treat lymphedema and are interested in collaborating on patient-care issues and further education in the area of lymphology. For information, contact Cindy Rechenmacher at 630-909-6050 or