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How long does lymphedema generally last?

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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Life long concern

We try to prevent - with sentinel lymph node biopsies to decrease extent of surgery under the arm but it is always a concern i follow people with the ldex unit to measure their arms with electrical impedance to catch it early before we see it.
It can be reversed and limited early in its course. One must avoid any arm infection, BP measurements or venous punctures on the affected arm.

In brief: Life long concern

We try to prevent - with sentinel lymph node biopsies to decrease extent of surgery under the arm but it is always a concern i follow people with the ldex unit to measure their arms with electrical impedance to catch it early before we see it.
It can be reversed and limited early in its course. One must avoid any arm infection, BP measurements or venous punctures on the affected arm.
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Dr. Greg Pahnke
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Dr. Sean Canale
L-Dex is great and useful but unfortunately payers are not reimbursing for the scans. Even medicare after convincing an appeal judge only pays ~$27 which is about the same as the disposable lead costs
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Forever

Unfortunately, once lymphedema develops, it becomes a chronic condition that may come-and-go throughout one's life.
Conservative measures which include physical therapy may help minimize the swelling but cannot cure the problem.

In brief: Forever

Unfortunately, once lymphedema develops, it becomes a chronic condition that may come-and-go throughout one's life.
Conservative measures which include physical therapy may help minimize the swelling but cannot cure the problem.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
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