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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

Yes: If you have swelling that is more than usual and is not going away, then a trip to the primary physician makes sense. There are many reasons people develop swelling....Kidney problems, heart problems, lymphedema, venous insufficiency etc. It is important to have it checked out and know the cause. ...Read more

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I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?

I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?

Lymphedema: I would investigate the topic on the Internet, as there are numerous patient focused websites dealing with this issue. ...Read more

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Which doctor should I go to for lymphedema?

Which doctor should I go to for lymphedema?

Lymphedema certified: Check with http://www.Lymphnet.Org - national lymphedema network they can guide you. There are national certified lymphedema therapist who can help you. ...Read more

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I think I have lymphedema what type of doctor do I go see?

I think I have lymphedema what type of doctor do I go see?

Several options: Lymphedema can have multiple causes and is not always easy to determine the reason for it. You should have a full evaluation by a md trained in this such as a vascular surgeon, vein specialist, internist or physiatrist. ...Read more

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How does lymphedema usually begin?

Swelling: Typically after an injury (and surgery can be considered an injury) the lymphatics can become damaged and the limb can swell. ...Read more

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Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a chronic medical condition that requires daily care and attention. This is no different than a multitude of other medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. There are specialists in lymphedema that you should seek out. For example, many physical therapists specialize in the treatment (control) of lymphedema. Treatments include compression wraps. ...Read more

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Can there be a permanent solution to lymphedema?

Not likely: Unfortunately, lymphedema is a chronic lifelong problem that can be controlled but probably never cured. There are some new micro surgical techniques that are showing some promise but they aren't a cure either. They are simply an additional treatment tool. ...Read more

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Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Lymphedema : Potential causes are primary - hereditary/congenital this mean patients are born with a lymphatic system that can be hypoplastic or aplastic. Secondary lymphedema is caused by an obstruction or impairment of lymph nodes either because they are resected or removed by surgery, radiation, scar tissue and related to other diseases affecting the lymphatic system. ...Read more

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