Lymphedema

Lymphadema Rehabilitation at GBMC
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6701 North Charles Street
Suite 4377
Baltimore, MD 21204
443-849-6210
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Greater Baltimore Lymphedema and Rehabilitation Center

Getting you back to life sooner

Every aspect of our care is designed to helping you reclaim the life you want to lead. We provide outpatient occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as consultations with specialist physicians.

Overcoming the challenge of finding the right diagnosis

Although it is common for cancer patients to develop lymphedema, it often goes undiagnosed, putting patients at risk for tissue damage and infections like cellulitis. Heavy-feeling limbs and limited range of motion can appear right after surgery or radiation, or begin decades later. Patients don't always make a connection between new swelling and their treatment for cancer years before. Lymphedema can also be mistaken for other conditions such as congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, lipedema, or a recurrence of cancer. Education is the key to diagnosing and controlling lymphedema in its earliest stage.

Experts in the most advanced standard of care

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) involves a regimen of Manual Lymph Drainage (a type of tissue massage requiring extensive training & certification), compression bandaging, education, and preventive measures to avoid infection.

State-of-the-art Rehabilitation

Our Lymphedema Center features a new Oncology Rehabilitation Program. This brings cancer patients another means for healing through our connection with GBMC's Division of Oncology and the Greater Baltimore Wound Care and Lymphedema Centers. We offer:
  • Eight private treatment rooms, a gym, and an education area
  • Therapists to monitor exercise regimens in coordination with the types of chemotherapy patients received to maximize safety and success
  • Ideal environment for patients to regain strength and stamina during or after cancer treatment
Regaining endurance and independence

Our oncology rehabilitation program coordinates with each patient's physician team to provide restorative services to patients with active cancer; receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment; post surgery; or in remission. Our dedicated program allows for exercise in an environment conducive to cancer patients and, at times, side-by-side with other survivors.

Elite Occupational and Physical Therapy

Our Lymphedema Management Program is directed by a physician trained in lymphedema management. Both Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT) are certified in lymphedema treatment, having completed over 135 hours of specialized education. The Lymphedema Program is an active member of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN).

Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Referred patients from our community and GBMC employees may receive services from OTs, PTs, and Speech Therapists providing comprehensive rehabilitation for neurologic, orthopedic, spine, and hand injury diagnoses. Most insurance, including worker's compensation, can be authorized.

Bariatric Exercise Services

These services meet the challenges of the obese patient who wishes to learn effective exercise without stress of back, hips or knees.

Hand Therapy Services

A certified hand therapist with 40 years of experience provides services for issues of trauma or arthritis, coordinated with the referring physician.

Mission and Goals
  • Diagnosis and evidenced-based treatment of lymphedema and its complications using physical and occupational therapy, manual lymph drainage, graded compression garments, exercise program and patient education
  • Restorative care to the oncology patient to enhance strength, conditioning, mobility and performance of activities of daily living
  • Provision of outpatient occupational and physical therapy to GBMC patients and to complement GBMC programs, including orthopedics, neurology and rheumatology
Hours of Operation

Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Sat & Sun - Closed
Greater Baltimore Medical Center | 6701 North Charles Street | Baltimore, MD 21204 | (443) 849-2000 | TTY (800) 735-2258
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