Whenever the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes is disturbed or damaged (often as a result of surgery or injury), swelling of the arms or legs may occur. Radiation and chemotherapy may also cause limb swelling. This abnormal collection of too much fluid is called lymphedema. Some people may experience severe swelling (edema) – with the affected limb being several inches larger than the other. Others may experience a milder form – with the affected limb being slightly larger than the other limb. While there is no cure, effective treatment can keep lymphedema under control.
The Lymphedema Management Program at Greenville Health System helps patients prevent and control lymphedema. Treatment depends on the severity and extent of the condition. Skilled therapists emphasize self-care and education in helping patients successfully manage lymphedema and lead normal, active lives.
For more information on our Lymphedema Management Program or call 864-455-8788 or the Breast Health Center, 864-454-8282.