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Navigating Medicare as a Lymphedema Patient

By Carmen Recupero / May 27, 2015 / Comments Off on Navigating Medicare as a Lymphedema Patient

Lymphedema & Medicare Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare coverage for the treatment of lymphedema is not for the faint of heart. For decades lymphedema patients and their advocates have been fighting for their right to coverage. It has been a long and arduous uphill battle, and while there have been some small victories…

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Summary of Dr. Rockson’s presentation on Lipedema and Inflammation

By Carmen Recupero / May 17, 2015 / Comments Off on Summary of Dr. Rockson’s presentation on Lipedema and Inflammation

Dr. Stanley Rockson: The Lymphatic System: Inflammation & Lipedema The first International Symposium on lipedema was held in New York City on April 1st, 2015. Medical experts from around the world came together to share new research and hypotheses regarding the possible causes and treatment options for lipedema, a disease about which very little is…

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“How I got into lymphedema therapy and teaching” – Carmen’s interview for the AMTA national convention in August

By Carmen Recupero / April 24, 2015 / Comments Off on “How I got into lymphedema therapy and teaching” – Carmen’s interview for the AMTA national convention in August

What drew you to massage therapy? I was always massaging friends and family members growing up and it just seemed natural to continue as I grew older. I began “real” massages when I was in physical therapy school. I knew I wanted to go to physical therapy school in seventh grade when I saw other…

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How can having a certified lymphedema therapist benefit my facility?

By Carmen Recupero / April 6, 2015 / Comments Off on How can having a certified lymphedema therapist benefit my facility?

Powerful growth for your facility while increasing outcomes in your skilled, long-term care and outpatients. Lymphedema Programs are a growing segment of patient care. Through our lymphedema certification programs, Monarch Continuing Education can help you provide quality care while increasing your RUGs levels and Part B utilization. Why having Certified Lymphedema Therapists at your facility…

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This is an exciting time in the field of lymphedema management!

By Carmen Recupero / March 30, 2015 / Comments Off on This is an exciting time in the field of lymphedema management!

There are big changes occurring every week in the field of lymphology.  This is one of the reasons I love this field.  I have to say, as much as I loved general geriatric and orthopedic rehab, things can get stale.  My knee rehab protocol is pretty much the same as 20 years ago, so is…

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5 Things We’re Grateful For This Season

By Carmen Recupero / November 23, 2013 / Comments Off on 5 Things We’re Grateful For This Season

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the many gratitude lists making their way around Facebook and the blogosphere lately, we’ve been thinking about the things we’re thankful for in the field of lymphedema treatment. Sometimes it’s good to think about how much progress has been made so far. We’re often so intently focused on…

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Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

By Carmen Recupero / October 31, 2013 / Comments Off on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Education and awareness are key to helping women understand the importance of after care if they are considering breast cancer treatment. What is Lymphedema? Lymphedema is a disorder of the lymphatic system affecting millions of Americans. When left untreated, lymphedema can become serious condition. It is particularly common among patients who have breast cancer surgery…

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You Can Help the Lymphedema Treatment Act Pass

By Carmen Recupero / October 30, 2013 / Comments Off on You Can Help the Lymphedema Treatment Act Pass

Therapists and Patients:  Do you know a special person who’s life has been affected by lymphedema?  Is there a special nurse, therapist or doctor that has made a difference in your care?  How about a patient who has taught you new tips and tricks as a lymphedema therapist.  As a Lymphedema Advocate I encourage you…

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Lymphedema Education: Specialty Store Helps Post-Surgery Patients

By Carmen Recupero / June 22, 2013 / Comments Off on Lymphedema Education: Specialty Store Helps Post-Surgery Patients

Education is an important part of preventing and treating lymphedema. Patients may not realize improperly fitting garments can be a contributing factor, especially after certain types of surgery such as lymph node removal and other breast cancer surgery: Following lymph node removal, patients can develop lymphedema, which causes the arm to swell. A poorly fitted…

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