Lymphedema is a condition in which swelling (edema) occurs from abnormal accumulation of protein-rich lymph fluid in the space between cells in the body, typically in the arms or legs.
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has special programs for lymphedema management, treatment, and prevention.
Risk factors for lymphedema include:
While there is no cure for lymphedema, options for managing and treating include non-surgical and surgical options.
Non-surgical treatment options:
Surgical treatment options:
The UPMC Centers for Rehab Services offers a network of women's health physical therapists that specialize in lymphedema treatment and management.
If your treatment plan for breast cancer includes surgery and/or radiation, your oncologist may refer you to the LESEP program to identify your risk for developing lymphedema.