Welcome to the Northwest Lymphedema Center
Our goal is to provide hope and encouragement for people suffering from lymphedema, which, to many of you, initially appeared to be a hopeless condition.
On our site we hope you will become empowered through:
- Learning the skills to effectively manage your lymphedema and thus...
- Discovering that lymphedema does not have to control your life.
Lymphedema Patient Education, Classes and Resources
JoAnn Rovig, CLT-LANA, co-founded the center in 1993 and together with Lynn Fass, RN, CLT, have been teaching lymphedema classes since its inception. In 2007, JoAnn's ultimate goal was realized when these classes became accessible via streaming video on our site to patients throughout the world.
Our six-hour lymphedema self-care class is offered quarterly at the JoViPak® Design Center in Kent, Washington. This lymphedema educational class covers a wide range of subjects, including manual lymph drainage (MLD), exercise, skin care, compression garments and even nutrition. These lymphedema classes are the source of our online self-care videos.
As lymphedema therapists and patients ourselves, we learned early on the value of patient education. We produced the first instructional self-care videos in 1995 and to date, there are over 12,000 in circulation. These videos/DVD's are available for sale in our Patient Resource Section.