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 as a part of cancer treatment. 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.
Lymphedema signs and symptoms, which occur in your affected arm or leg, include:
The swelling caused by lymphedema ranges from mild, hardly noticeable changes in the size of your arm or leg to extreme changes that make the limb hard to use. Lymphedema caused by cancer treatment may not occur until months or years after treatment.
There are 4 parts to treating and managing your lymphedema and our Certified Lymphedema Specialists have undergone the rigorous training needed to help.
1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) which is a gentle hands-on technique,
2. Meticulous skin care
3. Compression bandaging/garments
4. Decongestive exercises.
Our team of specialists can't wait to help you gain your life back. Swelling and pain don't have to limit the things you love!