What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition in which high levels of fluid amass in the limb
tissues. Many surgery patients develop lymphedema, including:
- Between 24% and 49% of mastectomy patients
- Between 1% and 47% of pelvic surgery patients / radiation treatment patients
- Between 4% and 28% of lumpectomy patients
Patients are at a higher risk of developing this condition if they are
of an advanced age and / or if they are suffering from certain secondary
causes, typically related to cancer and / or cancer treatments. Other
risk factors include trauma, obesity, and infection. Your doctor may diagnose
lymphedema after looking at factors such as swelling, inflammation, evidence
on the skin, the limbs, mobility, and functionality.
Rehabilitation for Lymphedema Patients
A Fremont physiatrist from Washington Township Medical Foundation can help
develop a rehabilitation program to treat your lymphedema. This treatment
plan will be tailored to your unique needs. It may include therapy, including
physical therapy or occupational therapy, as well as compression bandaging
or garments, attention to hygiene on the skin, and exercise. Weight management
can also be a component of handling this condition. In some infrequent
cases, surgery may be recommended. For additional information, please
contact Washington Township Medical Foundation.