Caused by malformations of the lymphatic system, primary lymphedema is most common in women. Symptoms may be present at birth or may develop later. Most commonly affected are the legs, arms or torso. Secondary lymphedema is the result of damage to the lymphatic system, and is usually results from surgical procedures, removal of lymph nodes and traumatic injuries. This type most commonly affects the arms, legs, torso and face.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Lymphedema most frequently results in swelling of the arms and legs, although it can appear on other parts of the body and may be recognized as:
- Unusual tightness of the skin
- Loss of flexibility in the hands, ankles and wrists
- Clothing no longer fits properly in localized areas
- Jewelry is suddenly unusually tight
We help patients comfortably manage their lymphedema using a comprehensive approach and Vodder-certified therapists who are focused on compassionate, patient-centered care. Treatment may include wearing compression garments such as stockings or sleeves, therapeutic exercise, proper diet and skin care, and fluid drainage.
Patients affected by the discomfort and pain of lymphedema may see dynamic results and relief through Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to improve symptoms by offering a safe, reliable and non-invasive approach. With CDT, the body heals by reducing swelling and increasing movement. It’s proven to provide positive long-term results for both primary and secondary lymphedema.
Benefits of Treatment
Treating Lymphedema with Complete Decongestive Therapy helps patients get back on their feet by offering a safe, non-invasive approach to healing by reducing swelling and increasing movement. It’s proven to provide benefits include:
- Removes toxins, excess water and metabolic waste from body tissues
- Enhances healing of wounds and minimizes formation of scar tissue
- Minimizes discomfort by reducing the fluid in the limb
- Promotes faster recovery following injury, surgery and chronic conditions
Lymphedema and Breast Cancer Patients
Patients who have received treatment for breast cancer often experience localized swelling, which is normal and should resolve with time. However, breast cancer patients may also be at risk of developing lymphedema, affecting the arm or trunk on the same side of the body as the breast cancer. Symptoms may begin months or even years after treatment. When diagnosed early, treatment is much more successful.