Category Archives: Lymphedema Surgery

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Common Questions about Lymphedema

As a lymphedema specialist, Dr. Patel treats a wide variety of cases daily and fields many questions. Here, we answer a few to help you better understand this condition. Information is the most empowering tool that people with lymphedema may utilize to manage their well-being. If you have questions that are not answered here, please […]


How to Manage Lymphedema of the Leg

The various activities that people perform do not necessarily cause lymphedema, but they can exacerbate uncomfortable symptoms. If you have undergone medical therapy such as lymph node radiation or excision or are at high risk for lymphedema due to other contributing factors, you want to know how to manage health and wellness as it relates […]


What is the Role of the Lymph System?

Lymphedema is a condition that can have an enormous impact on health and quality of life. Those who have a higher risk for lymphedema often want to understand the mechanisms that are behind their symptoms. We discuss that here. What is the Lymph System? The lymph system, or lymphatic system, is a network of tissues, […]


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) […]


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