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Lymphedema

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If you suffer from this condition, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages that drain fluid from the tissues throughout the body and we treat it successfully at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine.

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Lymphedema: A Malfunction of the Lymphatic System

Lymphedema can be an inherited disease (primary) or it can develop after surgery, radiation or trauma (secondary) where the lymph nodes of the armpit or groin have been affected. Most lymphedema occurs in the arms or legs, although it is fairly common in the chest, breast and genitalia.

 

Lymphedema is swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages that drain fluid from the tissues throughout the body and we treat it successfully at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine.

Lymphedema  Symptoms

The most noticeable symptoms of lymphedema is swelling in your limbs that makes your arms or legs feel heavy, thick or tight. This usually begins in the foot/ankle or forearm/hand areas, but it can begin in the thigh or upper arm.

Lymphedema   Long-term Effects

As episodes of lymphedema recur, the buildup of waste products and proteins cause the tissues to become hard and thick, a condition called fibrosis. Long-term effects of lymphedema include damage to lymphatic vessels and nodes, as well as a decrease in the oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells.

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Lymphedema treatment  includes:

  • Decompression  (usually with multilayered bandages)

  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)

  • Pneumatic compression pump

  • Venous Ablation

  • Unna Boot 

  • Diuretics

Decompression therapy is gentle yet firm pressure that can bring down swelling and enhance blood flow. Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a light massage therapy technique in which the skin is moved in certain directions based on the structure of the lymphatic system. This helps the lymph fluid drain through the proper channels. Wearing compression stockings on the affected area or using a   pneumatic compression pump  on and off may be helpful. Unna Boots can help and finally, venous ablation is a virtually painless, permanent, in-office procedure that shuts down faulty veins.

Book  an appointment today

Do you suffer from this condition? Schedule an appointment with us today to get back on the path to healing. 

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