Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health’s certified lymphedema therapists are sensitive to the stress and discomfort lymphedema can present in an individual’s daily life. It is important to remember that not all people will develop lymphedema after surgery or cancer treatment, but if it does occur, it can be managed effectively with proper care and treatment. Early detection and treatment of lymphedema is important.
The lymphedema program utilizes specialized skills and equipment to provide treatment to minimize or alleviate problems associated with lymphedema.
Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often an extremity, caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. Factors that contribute to lymphedema include:
It is important to emphasize that lymphedema can occur shortly after surgery or radiation or 20 or more years after the initial problem.
There are some procedures that reduce the probability of developing lymphedema such as sentinel node biopsy; however, if radiation treatments are introduced, this puts patients back at risk for lymphedema, as well.
Although lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition, it can usually be brought under control by participating in an effective lymphedema therapy program and following certain precautions so you can enjoy a full, active life.
The following recommendations may help reduce the risk of developing lymphedema and/or minimizing the severity.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact one of the lymphedema therapists at (765) 423-6885.
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