What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which damage to the lymphatic system causes the arms or legs to swell to several times their normal size. It also presents the potential for infections or inflammation to occur from the smallest cut or abrasion.

Lymphedema is not as rare a condition as it once was thought to be.

"An estimation of 1-2 million Americans,
plus 250 million world wide have Lymphedema."

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The Lymphatic System

Your lymphatic system is made up of vessels and lymph nodes. The lymph system eliminates waste products and proteins from our tissues. Lymph nodes act as filters to remove infection and waste along the way.
Major groups of lymph nodes exist at several points throughout the body. Lymph fluid is filtered at these points. These points include the:

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Who is at risk for Lymphedema?

The onset of Lymphedema can happen immediately after surgery or several years later due to a minor incident such as a cut or an abrasion.

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Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema

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Lymphedema Treatment

Treatment consists of...

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Who to contact?

Treatment for lymphedema is offered through Bellin's Outpatient Therapy Department. The therapists providing care are certified in the Leduc and Norton methods of Lymphedema Management.

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