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Lymphedema Prevention Program in Columbia, MD

Our Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Prevention Program uses the latest technology to help guide your treatment. Featuring the SOZO device, we are the only clinic in Howard County to use this cutting-edge technology to guide your treatments.  Our clinic has built the entire cancer rehab and lymphedema prevention model of care around the SOZO digital health platform.

What is the SOZO device?

The SOZO device looks like a scale, but it has places for you to put your hands and feet.  It used a small electrical current that you cannot feel, like an EKG, and measures the fluid in your body. This only takes 30 seconds to give us a large amount of information about your body composition, and if you have any extra fluid in your limbs or body.

Why is the SOZO device important?

The SOZO device is used to measure your L-Dex score, which has been shown in the research to lower your risk of cancer related lymphedema by 81%.

What can we help with?

  • Lymphedema Risk Reduction with Prehab and Surveillance Programs for Cancer-related Lymphedema
  • Early Intervention Program for Exercise and the Management of Post-Surgical Swelling and Lymphedema Prevention Program
  • Optimization for Chronic Lymphedema
  • Lymphatic Surgery Program (coordinated care with your surgical team)
  • Primary Lymphedema Treatment
  • Lipedema Management

When should you start this program? 

Our Cancer rehab program starts at any point along the path of your diagnosis or treatment. The growing trend is to do a Pre-Hab evaluation shortly after diagnosis and before any systemic treatments or surgeries are performed. This gives you the best opportunity to prevent or lessen many of the known side-effects of cancer treatment.  Exercise has been shown to be effective during and after cancer treatment.

There are over 600 clinical studies showing the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatments, and as we like to say, “Exercise is Medicine!”

Shared Decision Making

Our team understands the physiological and psychological effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment.  At the heart of our program is the concept of Shared Decision Making, where you help determine what is important for you and we work together to create achievable goals.

This list encompasses many things that we can do together:

  • Restore ROM and strength
  • Decrease pain and stiffness
  • Restore energy and endurance
  • Decrease swelling
  • Enhance mood and coping skills
  • Improve nutritional habits
  • Decrease the risk of recurrence through exercise
  • Weight management and life-style changes
  • Manage chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Improve balance and prevent falls
  • Focus on ADLs (dressing, bathing, grooming, etc)
  • Manage shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Pain management for acute and chronic pain
  • Bone issues (osteopenia and osteoporosis)
  • Lymphedema prevention and management

 

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