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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Lymphedema

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What are the best treatments for lymphedema?

Options: The original mainstay treatments are physical therapy and compression devices. Now there is a new surgical technique that can improve a patient's symptoms. Vascularized lymph node transfer- is a microsurgical technique that transfers nodes to an affected area. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more


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What treatment for lymphedema that will not cost an arm?

What treatment for lymphedema that will not cost an arm?

Should be covered..: Compression and lymphatic massage are the mainstays of therapy for lymphedema. As lymphedema is a diagnosis of exclusion, make sure you see a vascular specialist and that other causes of swelling have been ruled out. Your therapy should be covered if a specialist makes the diagnosis of lymphedema. ...Read more

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Is there any successful treatment for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Is there any successful treatment for  life long lymphedema in the legs?

Lymphedema treatment: Unfortunately, if you haven't had surgery and/or radiation, there is a very good chance that the cause of your lymphedema will be impossible to determine. If there is a treatable cause, it should be treated. Otherwise, the treatment is manual lymphatic drainage, compression stockings, decongestion exercises, weight loss (if needed), and intermittent pneumatic compression for life. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

See phlebologist: Secondary lymphedema due to groin dissection, radiation to the pelvis can be evaluated by a phlebologist. Evaluation of the venous system in the legs may be contributing to the swelling/weeping, and fixing this may help. Lymphedema therapist in physical therapy dept can help you. Check out www.Phlebology.Org to find phlebologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ lipedema and severe primary lymphedema from hips down.Took over 15 yrs to be diagnosed correctly.New or experimental studies? Treatments?

Lymphedema : Treatments are based on the exam. Also what is fluid and what is not. Options can include removal of tissue, reduction of fatty component and lymph node transfer. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for mild lymphedema under glans on penis after circumcision ?

Probably no need: I assume that the circumcision is recent and there is some residual swelling. I would expect it to resolve on its own over time. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal treatments for lymphedema in one or both feet/ankles?

Are there any herbal treatments for lymphedema in one or both feet/ankles?

No: Compression and lymphatic massage are the mainstays of therapy for lymphedema. As lymphedema is a diagnosis of exclusion, make sure you have seen a specialist and that other causes of swelling have been ruled out. ...Read more

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Have chronic lymphedema on penis 1 year after circumcision, this made me become alcoholic and depressed. Is there really no treatment for lymphedema?

Have chronic lymphedema on penis 1 year after circumcision, this made me become alcoholic and depressed. Is there really no treatment for lymphedema?

Alcoholism?: Your history says that you do not drink alcohol. In any case, penises are in all shapes and sizes. Continue to see your doc and consider getting a second opinion. A mental health professional can help you w/depression and keeping perspective. AA if you have an alcohol issue. Slow and steady progress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Can physical therapy improve symptoms of lymphedema?

Yes: Physical therapy is very helpful for lymphedema, especially if the therapist is trained in lymphatic drainage. Physical therapists may do gentle lymphatic massage, wrap or tape the swollen arm, break-up scar tissue and lymphatic cords, and teach you techniques for home care of lymphedema. They may also measure you for a compression sleeve and/or glove. ...Read more

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