Managing Lymphedema

Lymphedema is fluid build-up that results in swollen legs and arms. It is often caused by radiation therapy or lymph node removal, 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 our affiliates, the qualified lymphedema specialist at LMH Health Therapy Services.

Lymphedema Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Increased limb size/puffiness in your limb(s)
  • Heat sensations in your limb(s)
  • Bursting sensation in your limb(s)
  • Red patches (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
  • Swollen thigh following removal of, or radiation to, the groin or pelvic nodes


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(s) 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(s)

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

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