Lymphedema

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Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes.  It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.

There's no cure for lymphedema.  But it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of your affected limb.  Any condition or procedure that damages your lymph nodes or lymph vessels can cause lymphedema.  

Some causes can include: Post surgical swelling, radiation treatment for cancer, mastectomy, other types of infection, venous insufficiency, and can be genetic.  

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What to expect during your treatment?

You can expect during your initial evaluation to take measurements of your swelling and a full assessment of how your specific lymphedema can be managed.  The treatment often consists of Manual Lymph Drainage, Graduated Compression Garments or Bandages, Meticulous Skin Care, and Therapeutic exercises.  Your certified lymphedema therapists usually will treat you daily for a time period based on your needs.  During your therapy sessions you will receive knowledge in how to manage your swelling and compression garments.  We will also educate you, your family members, or friends in manual edema control techniques since lymphedema has no cure; we want to equip you with tools to help manage yourself.
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