Lymphedema can start anywhere in the body and last a lifetime. Our certified lymphedema therapists will help you through all the phases of your treatment.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels and organs that help your body work better and fight illness. Lymphedema is swelling that happens in the arms, torso or legs. It can be caused by:
- Congenital problems (something you are born with)
- Lymph node removal or damage, usually due to cancer treatment
- Poor circulation or blood flow
- Heart failure
- Obesity (being overweight)
The most common signs and symptoms of lymphedema are:
- Swelling that won't go away
- Sense of fullness or heaviness in the arm or torso
- Visible changes in the size or girth of the arm, leg or trunk (middle of the body)
There are easy ways to take care of lymphedema. Daily exercise, self-massage and supportive clothing help. Care for lymphedema includes:
- Reducing swelling (intensive phase)
- Stopping more swelling (maintenance phase)
- Learning about skin care, the lymphatic system and how to lower your chances of having problems
We can help you find the right compression garments (clothing that helps reduce swelling). We'll also talk about skin care and steps you can take to lower your chances of infection and flare-ups. Our goal is for you to be able to take care of lymphedema on your own.
Call 1-206-860-2210 to schedule an appointment or for more information. Fax forms, patient referrals and other documents to 1-206-860-4461.
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