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What is Lymphedema?
- Lymphedema is a
protein-rich edema (swelling) of an arm, leg or trunk caused by poor lymphatic
drainage. This change inlymphatic drainage can be caused by many
factors: 1) Removal and/or
radiation of lymph nodes secondary to cancer treatment 2) Repeated or severe
surgery or trauma to an arm or leg along major lymph pathways. 3) Repeated bouts of
swelling in an arm or leg secondary to venous insufficiency or infection. 4) Inherited faulty
lymph nodes or lymph collectors in one or more arms or legs, more common in the
legs. - Some people may have
one or more of these risk factors and never develop lymphedema. The percentage
of people who get lymphedema as a result of cancer treatment has not been well
What more can I do to prevent or treat Lymphedema? 1) Self manual
lymph drainage for Lymphedema - Incorporate your
appropriate sequence into daily activities, such as showering or putting on
lotion. Begin centrally then move peripherally. Keep the pressure
light and slow, remembering lymph drainage occurs mainly in the skin.
2) Exercises for Lymphedema - Sequence exercise to
increase lymph drainage centrally first then moving to the periphery.
Exercise slowly to support the natural contraction rate of the lymph vessels.
3) Compression Garments and/or bandaging - Compression garments
are used to maintain the size of the limb. Bandaging, in combination with
manual lymph drainage and/or exercises can be used to reduce the size of the
limb, or maintain it’s size after reduction and stabilization in size has