A low-cost, integrated treatment for lymphedema


de Godoy JM, de Godoy Mde F. Godoy & Godoy technique in the treatment of lymphedema for under-privileged populations. Int J Med Sci. 2010 Apr 15;7(2):68-71. Review. PubMed PMID: 20428336

José Maria Pereira de Godoy and Maria de Fátima Guerreiro de Godoy have developed a treatment regimen for lymphedema that integrates manual lymph drainage, mechanisms of compression using a low-cost cotton-polyester material, active and passive exercise apparatuses, and adaptation of daily activities.

In the North, lymphedema is largely known as a side effect of breast cancer surgery; however, lymphedema also affects poor populations in the South, where there is a need for low-cost therapies. The Godoys describe an integrated therapy with a delivery system involving professionals trained in lymphedema, psychologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, seamstresses, and social assistants.

Among the innovations developed by the Godoys are the development of a technique of manual lymph drainage that aims at draining lymph and stimulating the flow of lymph, and the use of a low-cost material (known in Brazil as gorgurão), to produce compression stockings, sleeves, and gloves.

In their article, the Godoys note that they have established a model center for the treatment and research of lymphedema in Brazil.

The free full-text article is available via PubMed.

The information on my blog is not intended as a substitute for medical professional help or advice but is to be used only as an aid in understanding current medical knowledge. A physician should always be consulted for any health problem or medical condition.