Category Archives: Lymphedema Surgery

Is Lymphedema Surgery Safe?

Lymphedema can present ongoing concerns for a person. In many cases, surgery eventually becomes an option to explore. Modern lymphedema procedures are generally considered very safe, whereas surgical techniques of the past were relatively unsuccessful and risky. This is because older procedures were ablative, meaning that they removed large amounts of skin and deep tissue. […]


Answering Important Questions about Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a relatively obscure topic, even in the healthcare community. In the absence of direct knowledge, patients may not understand their symptoms. Unfortunately, not all doctors understand them either. In our office at Keck Medicine, we like to educate patients about lymphedema and what it may mean for them after their accurate diagnosis. Here, […]


What is Surgical Treatment for Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a relatively common side effect of radiation therapy and oncologic surgery. This condition, in which lymph fluid does not flow as efficiently as it once did due to lymph node removal, can cause debilitating swelling in the arms or legs. Lymphedema in the arm is commonly related to breast cancer treatment in which […]


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When is Surgery Needed for Lymphedema?

The swelling that occurs with lymphedema can be inhibiting. Proper care is necessary to support optimal quality of life. The question that many patients have about their swelling is what to expect in terms of treatment. Specifically, when might surgery be the next best step to reduce swelling? Generally, doctors take a nonsurgical approach to […]


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Lymphedema vs. Lipedema: A Distinction We Need to Make

Exaggerated swelling of the arms or legs is often referred to simply as edema. However, various factors may influence this swelling. Two common medical disorders that may develop are lymphedema and lipedema (or lipoedema). Because treatment is a vital aspect of resolving swollen extremities, it is necessary to distinguish these conditions from one another. Lymphedema […]


Lymphedema Screenings Important After Surgical Procedures

Lymphedema is the build-up of lymph fluid in tissues that results in swelling. It has been estimated that more than 3 million Americans experience this condition. However, due to a variety of measurement techniques, most research data is unclear about clear lymphedema rates. More than knowing the widespread statistics, what matters to our patients is […]


What is Hereditary Lymphedema?

Often, we discuss lymphedema as a problem that occurs secondary to medical treatment that removes or alters lymph nodes. However, secondary lymphedema is only one type. Some people experience what is called primary lymphedema. This is also known as hereditary lymphedema, symptoms that occur unrelated to another health problem. Here, we discuss what hereditary (primary) […]


What Might Cause Lymphedema?

Lymphedema can be an uncomfortable problem that is somewhat difficult to understand at first. The condition is characterized by swelling caused by fluid accumulation, but what is causing fluid to back up in a certain part of the body in the first place? Dr. Ketan Patel is one of only a few surgeons in the […]


Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Treatment

The lymphatic system is a chain of tiny vessels that travel throughout the body and a series of small organs, or lymph nodes. This network carries a clear liquid called lymph through the body. Lymph contains white blood cells as well as proteins and other substances that are picked up from the tissues and spaces […]


Treating Lymphedema with Lifestyle Remedies and Medical Intervention

Proper management is a critical aspect of preventing extensive tissue damage related to lymphedema. At Keck Medicine of USC, patients can expect to receive compassionate care and clear communication from lymphedema specialist Dr. Ketan Petal. The objective of treating this chronic condition is to slow or halt progression as quickly as possible. To achieve this, […]


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