What should you know about lymphedema?
How do you know if you have lymphedema?
What should you do if you think you have lymphedema?
Why choose Swedish for help with your lymphedema?
What can you expect when you seek help from a lymphedema
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- Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid collects
in the tissue and causes swelling. The lymph system carries
lymph fluid, nutrients and wate material between the
body tissues and the bloodstream.
- Lymphedema can occur when lymphatic vessels or lymph
nodes are damaged by surgical removal, radiation therapy,
cancer or infection.
- Surgery and other treatment for cancer is often the cause
of lymphedema; however, lymphedema can occur
in individuals who do not have cancer.
- The most common signs are swelling, pain, tightness, or
feelings of heaviness in the area of the surgery or arm
or other affected areas in the chest.
- Lymphedema is not an emergency but it is important
to get prompt care to prevent lymphedema from
- Talk with your heath-care provider; lymphedema can
be successfully managed.
- Our therapists have expertise in oncology care and
advanced training in lymphedema assessment and therapy.
- We have been treating lymphedema for more than a decade.
Our therapists see more than 200 people yearly seeking
help with their lymphedema, often with complex medical
- Treatment is available at five Swedish Rehabilitation
Services locations: Ballard, Edmonds, Factoria,
Swedish-Cherry Hill and Swedish-First Hill.
- Assessment of swelling, pain, movement and function.
- Education about lymphedema and the strategies to
manage it or reduce the chance of developing it.
- Treatment to decrease swelling such as manual massage,
compression bandaging, and compression garment
prescription when needed.
- Treatment to improve range of motion and decrease joint
pain and scar tissue tightness.
- Home program instruction in self-massage and exercise.