Contributing Factors of Lymphedema

  • Combined surgery & radiation therapy
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Infections
  • Infections (Insect bites, athlete's foot, paronycia)
  • Combined surgery & post-operative infection
  • Constricting clothing or jewelry
  • Dependent limb position

Impact on the Patient

  • Swollen limb or body part
  • Condition worsens over time
  • Heaviness and limitation of motion
  • Repeated episodes of infection
  • Skin thickening, lymph leakage through skin
  • Cosmetic problem, difficulty finding clothes or shoes
  • Multiple Hospitalizations
  • Constant medical care and expense