Lymphedema treatment is designed to reduce pain, swelling, and other symptoms through a combination of special therapies and exercises.
These treatments are provided by a Certified Lymphedema Specialist in an outpatient setting.
The earlier lymphedema is treated, the better the results.
Lymphedema is swelling of the arms and legs, generally as a result of removal or damage to your lymph nodes.
The lymphatic system collects excess fluid, proteins, and other substances (or “lymph”) from the body tissues and carries them back to the bloodstream through the lymph nodes. Swelling, or “edema,” may occur when the lymph increases in the body tissues.
Lymphedema is a condition resulting in persistent swelling of an arm or leg due to a blockage in your lymphatic system, It can be a hereditary condition, but it’s most commonly the result of blockages caused by infection, cancer, and scar tissue from radiation therapy or the surgical removal of lymph nodes.
Many people who are actively going through cancer treatment, or who have in the past, have not been offered the option of seeing a Lymphedema Therapist.
If you’ve noticed these conditions, contact your physician regarding a referral to our Lymphedema Specialist. Your doctor will review your medical history and medications and perform a thorough examination to see whether or not you are suffering from lymphedema.
An estimated one third of women who undergo axillary lymph node dissection during breast cancer treatment develop lymphedema. Lymphedema Therapy before and after breast cancer reduces lymphedema, ensures better outcomes, and increases the survival rate.
Lymphedema Therapy treatment pre- and post- breast cancer can: