If you have been diagnosed with lymphedema, you may be wondering if you need lymphedema surgery. Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system. This can happen due to injury or disease, such as breast cancer or lymph node removal.
At Keck Medicine of USC, we use the latest technology to provide our patients with the best care possible. We have a team of highly skilled surgeons who have been performing Lymphedema surgeries for many years now. They have extensive experience in performing these surgeries using advanced techniques and equipment.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the swelling of the soft tissue due to obstruction of the lymphatic vessels. When the lymphatic system encounters injury, it swells with lymph fluid. This swelling can occur in any part of the body, but most often affects the limbs. Lymph nodes are responsible for filtering out harmful bacteria and other pathogens from our bodies. If these nodes become damaged or infected, they can swell and become painful. This condition is called lymphadenopathy.
The exact cause of lymphedema isn’t always known. In some cases it may be hereditary; other times it can develop after surgery, infection or injury. Although there’s no cure for lymphedema, it’s possible to manage symptoms with medications and physical therapy. If these treatments aren’t effective, surgery may be necessary.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
The most common symptom of primary or secondary lymphedema is swelling in one or more limbs (arms or legs). The swelling may start at one point and then spread to other areas within the affected limb(s).
The swelling affects the lymph nodes, which are vital to your immune system. You can develop lymphedema if you have had cancer or another condition that required surgery on your lymph nodes. You may also develop it after radiation treatment, which kills cancer cells but damages healthy tissue in the process.
Recon Surgery Center provides the best treatment and care that enables patients to live a life free of pain, infection, and distress. Our facilities are bright and welcoming, staffed by caring medical professionals that are ready to answer any questions you have along your recovery journey. Call Keck Medicine of USC today at 323-442-0416 to schedule your consultation!