Lymphedema can be both uncomfortable and difficult to manage, and more problems with your body are the last thing you need after surgery or radiation treatment. In this blog post, we’ll provide some helpful information about lymphedema and lymphedema sleeves for symptom prevention and management.
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What is Lymphedema?
We won’t get too technical in this post, but the term ‘lymphedema’ refers to swelling that occurs in the arms and legs as a result of damage to the lymph nodes during cancer treatment. The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and it is crucial to your body’s ability to filter foreign substances, bacteria, and viruses. The fluid normally processed by the lymphatic system has nowhere to go when the lymph nodes are damaged by radiation or are removed during surgery.
The swelling experienced by many women undergoing cancer treatment is caused by this buildup of lymph fluid in either the arms or the legs (or, in some cases, both). It’s important to note that lymphedema may not set in immediately after cancer treatment; in some cases, it can take months or years before noticeable symptoms arise. The effects of lymphedema can include, but are not limited to:
- A restricted range of motion
- Aching and uncomfortable sensations
- Hardening of the skin
- Feelings of tightness and heaviness
Contact your doctor immediately if you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms.
If you are experiencing lymphedema after cancer treatment, the good news is that your symptoms can be managed using lymphedema sleeves. Compression is one of the best ways to keep fluid from building up in the limbs, and there are many different garments that can provide the pressure necessary to treat and prevent lymphedema. Compression garments come in a variety of different levels of compression and can be designed to prevent or to manage lymphedema symptoms.
You should always consult with your doctor before making a decision about lymphedema garments to ensure that you’re getting the most effective garment that you can. Some compression garments for lymphedema management require a prescription, and you should talk with your insurance provider to see if lymphedema sleeves are covered by your insurance plan.
Some women will require custom-made sleeves to manage their symptoms, but the majority of women will be able to find pre-made lymphedema sleeves that work well for them. If you’re looking for lymphedema sleeves, don’t hesitate to stop by About You Mastectomy Boutique in South Florida. Our staff is caring and professional, and we know how difficult cancer treatment can be. We’re here to make your cancer treatment and lymphedema management as easy as possible.