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Massage and pressure: Lymphedema (le) massage and compression sleeves are the mainstay of controlling le. A recent study also suggested that obesity is a risk factor for le, and that weight loss may help. Find a good physical therapist who can teach you massage and fit you with a good sleeve. ...Read more
No: There is no surgery to treat lymphedema. It is caused by your breast surgery that disrupted the lymph vessels which drain fluid from your arm. Physical therapists who specialize in lymphedema treatment can improve your symptoms with massage, special sleeves that compress your arm and hand, and other techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
With a...: mastectomy alone there will be a risk of lymphedema, with removal of a sentinel lymph node that risk goes up slightly (in my opinion probably negligible). So it's the mastectomy itself that increased your risk. Follow-up with your docs to detect it early. Remember post-op it will be normal to have some swelling. Hope that helped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lymphedema after 6 years post bilat mastectomy with cervical node swelling breast MRI showed no cancer what can cause sudden lymphedema?
SImple blockage: The lymphatic system is a very fragile series of tubes that carry the lymph. Anything that impacts on these tubes can cause slowing up or complete stoppage of the lymphatics. Unfortunately, there is no timing as to the onset nor any real prevention especially in light of the history you provided. The key is to get to a lymphedema physician and certified therapist and get treated right away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there restrictions of use for secondary arm lymphadema? My arm is 5 cms larger after mastectomy?
Yes: In general, i would recommend not allowing blood draws and blood pressure readings from that arm. Furthermore, if you should need a skin surgery on that arm (eg. Skin cancer), i would discuss using prophylactic antibiotics with our cancer surgeon and dermatologist. You may want to have a massage therapist trained in lymphedema help you too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: Early lymphedema can pit, which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. This is especially true if there is also some component of venous insufficiency associated with the lymphedema. Later stages of lymphedema are associated with tissue fibrosis which has lost its ability to be able to pit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good diet: Lymphedema fluid is high in protein and so the fluid that creates the swelling pulls a lot of protein out of your circulation. As a result, a higher protein diet is a good idea. Avoiding salt is also smart. A fluid restriction is not thought to be helpful. Otherwise a healthy general diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. If you are overweight, weight loss helps the swelling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers