Millions of cancer patients experience lymphedema after lymph node removal, many of whom don’t know they are at risk.

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Lymphedema occurs when there is a blockage in the lymphatic system, causing swelling and fluid buildup. Most of the time, lymphedema occurs in only one part of the body, for example a single arm or leg.

 Lymphedema is most commonly caused by damage to or removal of lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. The removal of lymph nodes to check for breast cancer can result in lymphedema. Radiation therapy can also damage lymph nodes or lymph vessels, resulting in lymphedema.

Symptoms of lymphedema

Symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • Swelling in one arm or leg (could be both)
  • Tightness or heaviness in the limb
  • Aching
  • Discomfort
  • Less range of motion
  • Hard or thickened skin

Treatment of Lymphedema

Manual Lymphatic drainage. A special form of massage can help the body to drain lymphatic fluid in an arm or leg. We can help with referrals to qualified specialists.

Lymphedema pumps. Special pumps can also help treat lymphedema. These machines have an inflatable sleeve that fits over the affected arm or leg. Chambers inside the sleeve inflate and deflate to push the flow of lymph in the proper direction.

Complete decongestive therapy (CDT). Also called complex decongestive therapy, this technique combines a number of treatments, including compression garments, bandaging, exercise, manual lymphatic drainage, and self care to treat lymphedema.

Lymphatic embolization. Our interventional radiologists can identify and stop leaks within the lymphatic system. First, imaging is used to determine the exact location where lymph fluid is leaking. Next, under x-ray guidance, the doctor injects surgical glue, plugs, coils, or a combination of agents to help block the leakage.

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