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Is there anything recommended for life long lymphedema in the legs?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Swelling is an enemy

Lymphedema has several causes.
The swelling is bothersome, makes your legs heavy. Uncontrolled and with time, swelling causes permanent skin damage, skin color change, ulcerations, poor wound healing. Doctors recommend compression devices as first line therapy to control swelling. Ice packs, leg elevation, some interventions, a doctor visit, leg vein ultrasoud might also help control swelling.

In brief: Swelling is an enemy

Lymphedema has several causes.
The swelling is bothersome, makes your legs heavy. Uncontrolled and with time, swelling causes permanent skin damage, skin color change, ulcerations, poor wound healing. Doctors recommend compression devices as first line therapy to control swelling. Ice packs, leg elevation, some interventions, a doctor visit, leg vein ultrasoud might also help control swelling.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No cure

As you said, lymphedema is life long.
Although not curable, it is controllable. As drs. Berg and bolhack 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. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.

In brief: No cure

As you said, lymphedema is life long.
Although not curable, it is controllable. As drs. Berg and bolhack 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. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Lymphedema

Compression hose daily Manual lymphatic decongestion also known as MLD Lymphedema pump is also a good choice

In brief: Lymphedema

Compression hose daily Manual lymphatic decongestion also known as MLD Lymphedema pump is also a good choice
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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