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Lymphedema Overview

Lymphedema Overview

Lymphedema is a condition in which improper fluid drainage from the lymphatic system leads to a build up of lymph fluid and severe swelling in the extremities. This can closely mimic venous obstruction or heart failure.

Progression & Prognosis

Once lymphedema begins, it is unlikely that it will go away. However, symptoms and disease progression can be slowed and controlled through medical treatment, lifestyle changes, and management at home. Painless swelling of the affected extremity often requires compression sleeves or manual medical massage to control the edema.

legs of a woman with Lymphedema

Symptoms of Lymphedema

  • Swelling in feet
  • Swelling in ankles
  • Leg heaviness
  • Leg swelling
  • Retention of fluid
  • Redness in legs 
  • Skin tightness or tingling
  • Thick or leathery skin

Specialized clinics like VIC Vein Clinic offer comprehensive care and expertise for the most effective management of lymphedema.

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Treatments for Lymphedema

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings offer a cost-effective and efficient method to enhance blood circulation in the lower extremities. With daily use, compression stockings can alleviate symptoms, enhance blood flow, and reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming. These stockings are suitable for both short-term and long-term use, as well as post-surgery recovery.

Pneumatic Compression Devices

Pneumatic compression devices use inflatable sleeves or wraps for the limbs and a connected pump to inflate and deflate them in cycles. Essentially acting like a massage, the device stimulates healthy movement of blood in your body to help prevent blood clots from forming. 

Other Treatments Include

  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise
  • Surgery


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