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Do you think arms sleeves for lymphedema are effective?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many, Many options

Lymphedema occurs whith compromise of the lymphatic circulation.
Lymphatics carry things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. Sleeves are one part of many options including wraps, pumps, and massage.

In brief: Many, Many options

Lymphedema occurs whith compromise of the lymphatic circulation.
Lymphatics carry things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. Sleeves are one part of many options including wraps, pumps, and massage.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes arms sleeves for lymphedema arm one of the most important parts of the management of the condition.

In brief: Yes

Yes arms sleeves for lymphedema arm one of the most important parts of the management of the condition.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Dr. Thomas Wright
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Arm sleeves are partially effective.
They are best at keeping lymphedema from getting worse. Gentle lymphatic massage can help move the fluid out of the arm into larger lymph vessels. A physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage can teach you how to do this on yourself.

In brief: Yes

Arm sleeves are partially effective.
They are best at keeping lymphedema from getting worse. Gentle lymphatic massage can help move the fluid out of the arm into larger lymph vessels. A physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage can teach you how to do this on yourself.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: They can be

Controlling lymphedema can be difficult.
Usually it takes a multi-faceted approach to treatment to be successful. An arm sleeve, exercise, lymphedema massage, and weight control can be very successful.

In brief: They can be

Controlling lymphedema can be difficult.
Usually it takes a multi-faceted approach to treatment to be successful. An arm sleeve, exercise, lymphedema massage, and weight control can be very successful.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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