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What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluids. It can develop in the arm(s), leg(s), and other parts of the body.

Primary lymphedema is caused by malformation of the lymphatic system and may be present at birth or develop later, often during puberty or pregnancy.

Secondary lymphedema is caused by trauma, infection, surgery, lymph node removal, radiation, or chronic venous insufficiency.

Lymphedema is a chronic condition for which there is no cure.

What is the treatment for lymphedema?

The treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) performed by a specially trained therapist. This is a safe, reliable, and non-invasive treatment to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction.

How Can We Help?

Our lymphedema therapist will perform a thorough evaluation and implement an individualized treatment plan to manage this condition long term.

What Are The Benefits?

Early intervention and treatment will prevent worsening of swelling and reduce risk for infections in affected area(s).

Results are typically seen in the first two weeks.

Self-help Tips

1. Drink plenty of water, maintain a well balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins.

2. Wear a proper fitting compression garment when flying or driving to prevent increased swelling with pressure change.

3. Avoid heavy weight lifting and aggressive sports that may cause injury. We recommend walking, swimming, biking, and any light to moderate exercise.

4. Avoid blood pressure checks, IV's, shots, and blood draws on the affected limb.

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