Upper Extremity Lymphedema Therapy
Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Although lymphedema tends to affect just one arm or leg, sometimes both arms and both legs may be swollen.
Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. There's no cure for lymphedema, but it can be controlled. Controlling lymphedema involves diligent care of your affected limb.
Upper Extremity Lymphedema Therapy at UMass Memorial Medical Center
The upper extremity lymphedema therapy program at UMass Memorial Medical Center focuses on alleviating the swelling that occurs in the legs, arms, face, neck, abdomen or chest when the lymphatic system does not work properly. Our program is individually designed to meet your needs and goals and results in reduced swelling and improved quality of life.
The program also teaches you and your family how to manage the condition, and provides follow-up care and resource referrals, as needed.
Upper Extremity Lymphedema Treatment
Treatment of upper extremity lymphedema may include the following:
- Pressure garments
- Skin care
- Combined therapy
- Compression device