What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema occurs when
lymphatics are not formed properly in utero and, as you age,
swelling may develop when the lymphatics fail to work
Secondary lymphedema, that is
prominent in the USA and other developed countries, can be
the result of surgical intervention, radiation or trauma to
the lymphatics by an event such as a car or
motorcycle accident, a difficult childbirth, or a myriad of
other circumstances when the lymphatic system is damaged.
40 million people have venous
disease in the United States that, when left untreated, can
mimic and look like lymphedema especially in the legs, when
the lower leg becomes discolored, reddish, and, in severe
cases, tissue breakdown and ulcerations.
the result of a disruption in the lymphatic system, resulting
in an obstructed lymphatic flow causing swelling, pain, and susceptibility to infection. Problems may arise in
the lower extremities due to surgery in the legs or abdomen.
Lymphedema is generally a lifelong disability that
frequently worsens over time.