15 doctors weighed in:

Is there a cure for lymphedema?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: Unfortunately, no...

...However, many people with lymphedema will benefit greatly by the use of physical therapy.
I recommend you seek out a referral to a physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage.

In brief: Unfortunately, no...

...However, many people with lymphedema will benefit greatly by the use of physical therapy.
I recommend you seek out a referral to a physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Linda Harris
In addition to physical therapy, which is clearly beneficial, use of compression garments, and lymphedema pumps, as well as meticulous skin care can help with the lymphedema.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sorry no cure

Please see your doctor to help control pain and symptoms.
Some hospitals have lymphedema clinic to help with this difficult problem.

In brief: Sorry no cure

Please see your doctor to help control pain and symptoms.
Some hospitals have lymphedema clinic to help with this difficult problem.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
Thank
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lymphedema

There are many causes of lymphedema.
Acute causes such as infection or recent surgery or trauma will usually result in the lymphedema resolving as the cause improves. Chronic lymphedema such as occurs from radical cancer surgery, radiation or genetic causes may never resolve. This latter type of lymphedema is controlled rather than cured by lymphedema massage, compression pumps and stockings.

In brief: Lymphedema

There are many causes of lymphedema.
Acute causes such as infection or recent surgery or trauma will usually result in the lymphedema resolving as the cause improves. Chronic lymphedema such as occurs from radical cancer surgery, radiation or genetic causes may never resolve. This latter type of lymphedema is controlled rather than cured by lymphedema massage, compression pumps and stockings.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
Thank
Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Control without cure

Although not curable, it is controllable, as drs.
Rosen and korona said. The mainstay is decongestive therapy. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. Going to a lymphedema clinic is helpful if you have one close. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.

In brief: Control without cure

Although not curable, it is controllable, as drs.
Rosen and korona said. The mainstay is decongestive therapy. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. Going to a lymphedema clinic is helpful if you have one close. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
12 years in practice
93K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors