Lymphedema refers to the swelling that occurs most often in your arms or legs that occurs when there is a blockage in your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a system of small tubes that run through the body carrying colorless liquid called lymph. If the lymph does not drain properly it causes a blockage.
There are two types of Lymphedema: primary and secondary. With primary Lymphedema, symptoms can be present during infancy, adolescence or around 35 to 40. The cause is usually lack of development of the lymphatic system. Secondary Lymphedema is most common and may occur after lymph node dissection, radiation, infection, trauma or prolonged venous stasis.
First-time patients will have an evaluation to determine whether they have primary or secondary Lymphedema. After the evaluation, the Lymphedema Team works with the patient to determine the best treatment. There is no cure for Lymphedema, but there are many treatments that will reduce the swelling and discomfort. Some of these treatments include:
Our comprehensive treatment program includes:
For more information about Lymphedema treatment at TherapyPlus, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.