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I had lymphedema since I was eight. Is it safe for me to get pregnant?

I had lymphedema since I was eight. Is it safe for me to get pregnant?

Yes: The swelling in the leg will probably worsen during the pregnancy. Compression therapy will help you through this. You need to closely followed and managed by a specialist with a special interest in managing lymphedema. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How will pregnancy effect lymphedema?

Probably worsen: There isn't a lot of good information out there about lymphedema and pregnancy but what information there is seems to indicate that more than 50% of the time, lymphedema worsens with pregnancy. So all of the things that you normally do for lymphedema when not pregnant become even more important when pregnant--compression stockings, exercise, watching your weight (within reason), massage, etc. ...Read more

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How will pregnancy affect my lymphedema?

Depends: If your lymphedema is in your arm, it may not affect it at all. If it is in your legs, it may make the swelling worse. ...Read more

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I just want to know how pregnancy will effect my lymphedema?

I just want to know how pregnancy will effect my lymphedema?

Lymphedema : Where is your lymphedema ? Without knowing this i can only speculate but there is increased fluid volume in the body when you are pregnant. If you use compression garment for your arm for instance this may need to be changed to a different size to accommodate if there is an increase. ...Read more

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Is zerona liposuction safe if i've had lymphedema?

Is zerona liposuction safe if i've had lymphedema?

Safe yes. Effective?: Zerona is not liposuction, it is a combination of diet, supplements and surface laser treatment. The laser is unlikely to do anything as the wavelength does not penetrate the skin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Yes: Breast reduction surgery usually does not include removal of the lymph nodes in the arm pit and should not cause arm lymphedema. The leg lymphedema is a separate issue and is best treated with compression socks. ...Read more

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How common is lymphedema?

Surprisingly common: According to lymphnotes.Com (http://www.Lymphnotes.Com/article.Php/id/401/), in the U.S., just within the medicare age population, the number of persons afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million individuals. That would include all causes of lyphedema both primary (don't know the cause) and secondary ( due to cancer, radiation, surgery, etc.). ...Read more

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Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Surgery+/-Radiation: Anything that disrupts the lymphatic microcirculation of an extremity can cause lymphedema. The most common cause is the surgical removal of lymph nodes (ln) to stage certain cancers (breast and melanoma, most commonly). Breast cancer treatment often includes radiation therapy; if the lns are included in the radiation field, the risks increase. Thankfully, rates are down due to new techniques. ...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