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Lymph Studio, LLC

Susan Couture, BSHA, CRC, LE, LMT, Cert. MLD/CDT

6818 N Oracle Road  Suite 414 Tucson, AZ 85704

(520) 999-0447              [email protected]

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Heal Faster, Heal Better & Restore Vitality

Patient satisfaction with surgery is what it's all about.  Give yourself the advantage to reduce the risk of infection.  

Swollen tissue is a breading ground for bacteria. Oxygenated blood plasma travels 1/16 mm before it metabolizes and dies.  Swollen tissue is full of metabolized cells and cellular debris at risk of manifesting tissue breakdown (ulcerations) and tissue death (necrosis).

Chronic Rhino Sinusitis is a perfect example of complications that occur with this condition. Chronic inflammation causes tissue breakdown, polyps, ulcerations, and can cause deviated septum that need repair.  Lymphatic therapy reduces edema and flushes out cellular debris that impede healing.  Ultrasound is proven to kill bacteria that is missed by antibiotics (resistant) and stimulates collagen production to heal sores in the sinus cavities.

Liposuction / Cool-sculpting

Lymphatic Therapy helps to reduce swelling, remove waste products, and eliminate bruising quicker. 

Partner with Ultrasound Therapy after liposuction helps to even out and lumpiness caused by inflammation. 

Cool-sculpting kills fat cells (lymphatic load) and has to be transported via the lymph system. Lymphatic Therapy increases 30x the normal rate of lymphatic transportation of extra cellular fluids and metabolic debris. Heal Faster, Feel Better, Look Great!

Knee Surgery

Prepare for surgery.  Chronic swelling causes the tissue around the knee to thicken (fibrosis). Lymphatic vessels cannot contract (open and close valves) in  fibrotic tissue.  Ultrasound performed before total knee replacement surgery  (before hardware and plastic) helps to reduce the thickened tissue and Lymphatic therapy reduces the fluid retention around the knee.  I recommend a few sessions before surgery.  Post-surgery Lymphatic therapy will expedite the removal of bruises and swelling.  Reduce your risk of infection. 

Breast Surgery

Breast lift, augmentation, ex-plantation, and reconstruction all benefit from Lymphatic Therapy. Breast cancer, lumpectomy, radiation, tramflap, and skin grafting respond well, encouraging early canalization (new connections) of lymphatic vessels.  Reducing edema (swollen tissue) promotes healing and less complications with better outcome.

Radiation therapy causes more swelling and may thicken skin.  Having Lymphatic Therapy during radiation is advised to keep swelling in check.

Arm Lift

Heal more beautifully with Lymphatic Therapy.  Arm lifts are precarious because you are limited with your ability to help yourself. Ultrasound helps to reduce scar tissue and lumpiness.  Lymphatic Therapy reduces swelling.  Heal faster and better! 

Arm Lymphedema is managed with Lymphatic Therapy (MLD) and compression therapy (CDT) to reduce swelling, encourage lymph connections after lymph node dissection and fitting for sleeve.  

Total Body Lift

Lymphatic Therapy is a "must" for your best outcome!  Multiple procedures are performed with Total Body Lifts.  Extensive incisions wrap around the body, temporarily impeding the flow of lymph on the superficial level of the skin.  Bruising and swelling are slow to resolve on their own.  Give yourself a boost in healing and achieve your desired outcome.  Seamless incisions, smooth shapely silhouette is obtainable with Lymphatic Therapy and Ultrasound.  You'll be glad you did.

Copyright © 2011 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2011 Jun 15;93(12):1167-1175



Periprosthetic joint infection is one of the most formidable challenges for arthroplasty surgeons. Physicians and scientists have worked diligently to lower the incidence of infections around prosthetic joints, but the percentage of patients who develop an infection after primary total knee replacement remains in the range of 0.4% to 2%1-3. Medicare data indicate that the rate of periprosthetic infection within the first two years after knee arthroplasty is 1.55%. The infection rate in the following two to ten years is an additional 0.46%4,5.

Garvin KL and Konigsberg BS. "Infection Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: Prevention and Management" 

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011;93(12):1167-1175

Garvin, K.L. & Konigsberg, B.S. (2011, June15). Infection following total knee arthroplasty: Prevention and management. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 93(12): 1167-1175.

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Chronic Rhino Sinusitis

Chronic inflammation causes tissue to breakdown, polyps, ulcerations, and may lead to deviated septum in need of surgery. Lymphatic therapy reduces edema and flushes out cellular debris that impede healing. Ultrasound is proven to kill bacteria that is missed by antibiotics (resistant) and stimulates collagen production to heal sores in the sinus cavities. Seasonal allergies may also effect the eyes and contribute to headaches. 

Diabetic Retinopathy, DR

Diabetic Macular Edema, DME & Crones Disease

Yes, the eyes have lymphatic vessels.  Internal eye pressure from fluid build up may lead to loss of vision. It is estimated that by 2050, 16 million Americans will have Diabetic Retinopathy, DR.  Diabetic Macular Edema, DME is a manifestation of DR and is the most frequent cause of blindness in young and mid-aged adults.

(Ryan SJ, ed. Retina. Vol 2. 1994:1243-76.). 

Lymphatic Therapy reduces edema by stimulating the siphoning  power by drawing extra cellular fluid from the eyes, giving relief from pressure.

Brain Lymphatics

Glymphatic System

Cerebral Spinal Fluid, CSF is created in the 4 ventricles of the brain, filtering blood to become specialized fluid.  One pint is created daily, nourishing the brain, suspending the brain, acting as shock adsorbent. Whip lash and concussion cause bleeding in the brain.  New discoveries of lymphatic collectors in the brain help clear proteins (Amyloid Beta proteins and Tangles of Tau as in Alzheimer's Disease; Alpha-Synuclein protein in Parkinson's Disease; Myelin Basic & Proteolipid proteins in Muscular Sclerosis, MS)  The CSF is filtered by the lymph nodes that drain the brain.  Special "brainwashing" lymph drainage techniques and CranioSacral Therapy help move this fluid. 

Sprains, Strains & Broken Bones

Reducing swollen tissue, promotes the healing of broken bones. Heal faster.  Lymphatic Therapy helps remove bruising so the body can focus on healing.  Achilles tendon surgery is difficult to heal.  Scar therapy is helpful along with Lymphatic Therapy. 

Chronic Venus Inefficiencies CVI

Leg Lymphedema and Diabetic Leg & Foot Ulcers

Poor leg circulation contributes to breakdown of healthy tissue contributing to ulcers and slow healing wounds.  Reducing swelling, flushing out metabolized cells, bandaging, and compression socks help manage these life-long conditions.

Reduce Risk of Complications after Breast Biopsy

Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS) is an early post-operative complication after axillary lymph node dissection or sentinel lymph biopsy and can occur in

non-breast cancer patients with axillary node biopsy. AWS is characterized by sudden upper arm pain, aggravated by elevating the shoulder, exhibiting tightness and limited range of motion. 

Subcutaneous tissue draws in, presenting cording under in the armpit, breast, chest wall and upper or lower arm. Post-operative exercises combined with Manual Lymphatic Drainage reduces the incidence of AWS.

In one 2017 study published in Journal of Phlebology and Lymphology, 400 women with breast cancer were randomly selected into two groups of 200 and compared for the incidence of AWS between physical exercises (PE) versus manual lymphatic drainage (MLD & PE). Women were instructed on the importance of self-care 24 hours before mastectomy surgery. After procedure, patients began PE or MLD & PE for three days with 20- to 30-minute sessions, twice daily. Patients continued self-care for three months, at which time the study period concluded.

The number of patients with AWS in the MLD & PE group were significantly fewer:

At month one, PE: 20 vs. MLD & PE: 7.  At month two, PE: 29 vs. MLD & PE: 5. At month three, PE: 22 vs. MLD & PE: 3.

Considering earlier studies regarding the prevention of lymphedema, MLD in combination with PE can be an effective strategy for preventing AWS 

and is a treatment needed for postoperative breast cancer survivors.

Susan Couture, BSHA, CRC, LMT, LE, Cert. MLD/CDP   Natural Awakenings Magazine  May 2019

Lymph Node Transplant

Lymphatic therapy helps with  the healing process of lymph node transplant. 

 Two areas of your body are affected:  The donor site and the recipient site.

Each lymph node has 4 to 6 afferent lymph vessels that go into the node, and 2 vessels that exit.  Lymphatic therapy encourages these lymphatic vessels to connect with another lymph vessel, or blood vessel (capillaries).  Hence, more connections sooner! Swelling and sometimes infection may occur during the healing process. Lymphatic therapy should be halted if there is an active infection and may resume after being on antibiotics for 3 consecutive days. New techniques are harvesting Pyre Patches of nodes from the abdominal cavity and transplanting for arm lymphedema with great success!

Lymph stasis leads to health complications.

A Sluggish Lymph Zaps Vitality.

Book your Lymphatic Therapy today!