Your lymph nodes work hard to keep you healthy. They produce a fluid that collects and removes bacteria, viruses and waste products from the body. But when a blockage prevents this fluid from draining properly, it can lead to swelling in your arms and legs. This is called lymphedema.
Any condition or procedure that affects your lymph nodes can cause lymphedema. For example, surgery to remove lymph nodes, usually during cancer treatment, is a leading cause. Radiation treatment for cancer can also damage your lymph nodes.
There's no cure for lymphedema, but specially trained Mercy physical therapists and occupational therapists can help you manage symptoms such as:
Treatment for lymphedema focuses on reducing swelling and managing pain. Lymphedema treatments include:
Our lymphedema specialists will help find treatments that work best for you. We want you to feel and look better, so you can get back to doing all the things you love.