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A 36-year-old member asked:

do you think i should get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer?

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Dr. Ted King
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Not as a first step: The mainstay of treatment for lymphedema is still conservative. This includes weight control, stretching exercises, lymphatic drainage massage, wearing compression garments, and possibly using sequential compression devices. If that is unsuccessful, surgery can be discussed at that point but i would not recommend it as a first step.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lymphedema : Surgery for lymphedema is done by a handful of surgeons in the United States. A thorough exam and as well as therapy program should be in place before any surgery is considered.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Should i get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer in the near future?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Tough question: There are few proven surgical options for lymphedema. If your lymphedema is preventing you from achieving a dream, seek out a dedicated lymphedema specialist and tell them your concerns.
Clermont, FL
A 58-year-old female asked:

What is your opinion on surgery for lymphedema?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Not effective: Lymphedema is best treated by prevention. Once lymphedema is present, treatment is compression. Surgery is not effective in most situations.

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