Managing Lymphedema

Lymphedema is fluid build-up that results in swollen legs and arms. It is often caused by lymph node removal and/or radiation therapy, as well as trauma and hereditary factors.

Tell your doctor if you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed below. With a physician's referral, you can be evaluated and treated by the qualified lymphedema specialists at LMH Health Therapy Services.

Lymphedema Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Increased limb size or puffiness in your limb
  • Sensation of heaviness or stiffness in your limb
  • Increased warmth in your limb
  • Redness in your limb (This could indicate infection, so please contact your physician immediately)
  • Swelling or heat in the trunk on the same side as your surgery
  • Groin tenderness or bloated abdomen following pelvic surgery

Treatment

Comprehensive, effective lymphedema treatment includes:

  • Evaluation to determine a personalized treatment plan
  • Manual lymph treatment – a light, hands-on technique that drains lymph fluid from the part of the body where the build-up is occurring
  • Compression bandaging, garments and/or pumps that reduce the swelling and maintain the reduction of size in the affected area

Speak with your doctor or nurse for more information, or call LMH Health Therapy Services at 785-505-2712.

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