Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph, a fluid your body makes, happens when lymph vessels or nodes that the fluid travels through are missing, damaged, or removed.
Types of Lymphedema:
Primary Lymphedema - Happens when certain lymph vessels are missing or faulty at birth
Secondary Lymphedema - Happens when a blockage or another problem changes the flow of lymph fluid through the body's network of lymph vessels and nodes. It can develop not only after breast cancer surgery, other cancer surgeries which remove lymph nodes but can also come from an infection, scar tissue formation, trauma, deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein), radiation, or other cancer treatments
At Mercy Therapy Services - Coletta, specially trained Lymphedema Therapists perform light skin stretch to move the fluid to new channels. Compression garments are incorporated to maintain therapy gains. The patient/caregiver are educated in lymphatic techniques, prevention, exercise and proper use of compression.
To learn more about Lymphedema services at Mercy, please call us at (405) 752-3060.