Lymphedema is a medical condition that appears as extreme swelling and tightness in the extremities, usually the legs, on the body. This condition can be inherited but it is most commonly caused by severe damage to the lymphatic system. Damaged and blocked lymphatic vessels are caused trauma to the leg typically from surgery, infection, and or radiation therapy. Living with Lymphedema can be extremely difficult for those who do not understand the symptoms and causes of it. Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding Lymphedema:
How Long Does Lymphedema Take to Develop?
Lymphedema can occur immediately after surgery or radiation therapy or takes months to years. The onset of Lymphedema is different for everyone.
How Can I Prevent Lymphedema from Occurring?
Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer on how someone can prevent Lymphedema from developing. However, there are several precautions individuals can take to reduce the risk before it develops, especially for those who are at a genetic predisposition. Maintaining a healthy body weight and regular exercise are a top priority. This includes eating well and following a healthy diet. The heavier you are, the more at risk you are at for developing Lymphedema. If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, make sure to take care of any appendages that are at-risk. This can be done by cleaning any cuts and scrapes, avoiding getting sunburned, and avoiding any tight-fitting clothing.
What Are the Signs of Lymphedema?
The most common signs of Lymphedema begin as feelings of heaviness and aching on your affected limb. This can also decrease the flexibility of the limb and cause some swelling. If you begin to experience these symptoms after a severe injury or significant weight gain, make sure you check with your physician immediately.
Is there Lymphedema Treatment?
While treatments are available for patients with Lymphedema, they will not effectively cure the condition. Simple treatments such as wearing compression sleeves can help the lymphatic fluid from building up more. Manual Lymphatic Drainage or MLD is a simple massage that is able to let your lymphatic passages drain and alleviate many symptoms for a time. Liposuction is also a great treatment to help reduce any excess fatty tissue and will manage the swelling on the affected limb.
Lymphedema Treatment from the Laser Vein Center
If you are looking for help managing your Lymphedema symptoms, look no further than the Laser Vein Center. Our trusted staff led by Dr. Wright will help you find the perfect lymphedema treatment designed to fit your needs. Call today for your no-obligation consultation and see what treatments are available for you.