Lymphedema is a condition that results from an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that sometimes occurs following surgery or radiation treatments, and leads to swelling of an extremity, such as an arm or leg.
Once diagnosed with lymphedema after cancer treatment or surgery, our patients are sent to our certified lymphedema therapists, who work with them one-on-one to promote optimal recovery, both physically and psychologically, and provide information on post-surgical expectations, edema control, exercises and lymphedema prevention.
Our lymphedema therapists are also certified instructors for Healthy Steps' "Moving You To Better Health with the Lebed Method." This fun, therapeutic exercise and movement program is open to all who have had cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and any chronic disorders such as lymphedema. To view a schedule of these classes, click here.
We also offer a lymphedema support group, lymph drainage massage and a lymphedema screening clinic.
Lymphedema Rehabilitation Specialist
Christine Perkins, LOTR
Christine (Chris) Perkins is a Licensed Occupational Therapist She graduated from LSU- New Orleans in 1991 in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in the rehabilitation clinical setting with specialties in burn rehab, oncology rehab, and lymphedema. She completed lymphedema training through Coast to Coast School of Lymphedema Management, Leduc Method in 2001, as well as a course by Linda T Miller. She continues to attend and participate in educational conferences to remain current on new developments in the treatment of oncology rehab and lymphedema. In 2007, she became a certified instructor for the Healthy Steps Lebed Method focus on healing.Currently, Chris specializes in breast cancer rehab and lymphedema. She is a certified fitter for all lymphedema pressure garments, products, and alternative devices. She started and coordinates The Baton Rouge Lymphedema Support Group. She provides Healthy Step exercises classes for breast cancer survivors – free to the community through funding received by a Susan G. Komen grant.