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What Is Lymphedema?

 

Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that causes disfiguring swelling in the arms and legs. This swelling is an abnormal build-up of fluid beneath the skin's surface. This swelling can be hereditary in nature, but also can also be caused by: the removal or damage to lymph nodes, trauma to the limbs, infection, and venous insufficiency.

 

Some of the first signs of Lymphedema is excessive swelling and the feeling of heaviness in the lower extremities. Patients could potentially begin to feel some psychological effects as well. 

Male Patient With Lymphedema

How Is Lymphedema Treated?

 

Currently, there is no cure for this disease. Providers rely on various methods of compression as well as lymphatic draining, and exercise - helping pat. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the likelihood that a patient may suffer from these ailments. Lymphedema is generally treated with compression therapy and the use of compression stockings. At Evansville Regional Vein Center, our staff is trained to help patients ensure they are getting the best fit for all compression stockings. A perfect fit is the key for success in managing lymphedema. 

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