It is with great pleasure to announce that the fourth edition of the textbook “Lymphedema Management” is now published and available. The first three editions authored by Joachim Zuther have enjoyed wide distribution, aiding thousands of practitioners and patients worldwide, and this new edition represents an exciting step forward for the field of lymphedema therapy. In the fourth edition, the previous chapters have been updated by current contributors w/ the latest, most relevant resources and research findings; new contributors, all well-known and highly respected in the field of lymphology, added new, exciting and relevant content. While many pages, tables and illustrations were added, the book is still kept at a manageable size. Current contributor updates include the following topic areas: Head and neck lymphedema, Breast and trunk lymphedema, Pediatric lymphedema, Cording Elastic taping, CDT and obesity, CDT for cancer survivors, Evaluation of lymphedema patients, Exercise guidelines, Imaging and genetics, Quality of life, as well as research in the field of lymphedema, Updates on ICD-10 codes. New contributors and topics include:Susan Allen, OT, Dawn Brinkmann, OT, Elizabeth Harkins, PT: Contributed a new topic entitled “Lymphedema Therapy in the Home” aimed at the growing ranks of home care focused practitioners encountering lymphedema and other combined edema w/ tips about the required adaptations to therapy. Frank Aviles Jr., PT: Added a much expanded discussion on advanced wound care options as part of an integrated treatment system for the lower extremities. John Beckw/, PT expanded his section on “Edema Solutions for Wound Specialists” w/ discussions on the Rationale for MLD in Wound Healing and compression while using a Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) vacuum. Joy Cohn, PT: Added a new section called “Fitting Garments upon delivery” which addresses the all-important transition from the intensive phase to self management phase and the critical aspects of proper fit, manufacture and function of garments as well as patient autonomy. Jay Granzow, MD: expanded the discussion on “Surgical options as part of an integrated treatment system for lymphedema”, to include vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT), anastomosis and bypass techniques, suction assisted protein lipectomy (SAPL), combined and staged surgeries. Karen Herbst, MD: Added a much expanded discussion on Lipedema and other related disorders (Dercum’s disease, Madelung’s disease). Julie Soderberg, PT: Added a new topic related to the role of the CLT who works closely w/ surgeons employing specialized lymphatic procedures as a new lymphedema therapy protocol. Nicole Stout, DPT: Added a section on “Early Intervention and Conservative Therapy” to highlight the growing importance of identifying lymphedema through prospective surveillance and modifying therapy appropriately. Steve Norton added two news section titled “Pediatric Lymphedema and Adapting CDT to the Pediatric Patient”. These sections discuss the etiology of lymphedema in children and the importance of proper diagnosis when lymphedema presents either solely or in combination w/ vascular anomalies. He discusses intervention w/ therapy which requires significant and staged modifications depending upon age, parental ability and caretaker oversight as well as the focus on and appropriate selection of each treatment modality. Joachim Zuther expands on the section on “Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression”, its contraindications and how these devices may be integrated into the management of lymphedema. Sections on how a well-tailored exercise regimen can benefit the lymphedema patient are expanded on as well.
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