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Holy Family Memorial Lymphedema Therapist Completes Advanced Training in Germany

Becky Blanke, a certified lymphedema therapist with HFM’s Lymphedema Clinic, has completed an advanced training course through Klose Training & Consulting, LLC, in cooperation with the Foeldi College, Freiburg, Germany and the Foeldi Clinic, Hinterzarten, Germany.

Available to healthcare professionals from around the world who are certified in lymphedema therapy, these specialized classes were held at the world-renowned Foeldi Clinic, where participants reviewed the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system as well as the techniques and sequences of MLD (Vodder technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Current diagnostic and imaging procedures for the lymphatic system were also discussed, and patient case studies were presented by the senior chief therapist and staff physicians of the Foeldi Clinic. Additionally, students were given the unique opportunity to discuss difficult-to-treat lymphedema cases with an expert panel of physicians and therapists.  Education also included the etiology and treatment of obesity related lymphedema, as well as the importance of exercise and eating a well-balanced diet along. 

Lymphedema therapy helps patients reduce pain and inflammation following surgery. This treatment can also assist with facilitation of soft tissue healing following breast cancer treatments and decrease the edema in patient’s diagnosed with lymphedema and venous insufficiency.

As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Blanke is the only “Klose” trained therapist in Manitowoc County. The Klose organization offers the highest quality Lymphedema Certification and Continuing Education courses in the U.S. She has also attended education courses in breast cancer rehabilitation, treatment of head and neck lymphedema, and advanced lymphedema management.

The newly-expanded HFM Lymphedema Clinic is located on the second floor of Holy Family Memorial, 2300 Western Ave., Manitowoc. For more information on the program or to set up a lymphedema screening, call 320-3100 or visit www.hfmhealth.org/lymphedema