Lymphedema is a medical condition which involves fluid/ lymph that is stored by the lymph nodes, causing swelling/edema, generally in the arms and/or legs. The swelling is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system that prevents the fluid from properly draining. Dr. John A.P. Rimmer, lymphedema testing specialist in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has years of experience in treat diseases of the breast and related side affects that include lymphedema.

Primary and Secondary Lymphedema

Lymphedema is classified as primary or secondary with primary lymphedema (a hereditary condition) developing when the lymphatic vessels are impaired or missing. Secondary lymphedema typically occurs when vessels or lymph nodes are damaged or removed, which is often a side effect of radiation treatment or surgery including node dissection.

Dr. John A.P. Rimmer, lymphedema testing specialist in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida uses state of the art treatment and diagnosis technologies that include MRIs (Magnetic resonance imaging). An MRI produces high resolutions 3D images that make it possible for him to get a better look at the tissues in your arm or leg and look for any characteristics of lymphedema. Dr. Rimmer also uses lymphedema index (L-Dex™) which is a measurement technique that is used to help in the analysis of unilateral lymphedema which causes swelling in one arm.

Dr. Rimmer will work with you to come up with an individualized lymphedema management plan following breast cancer surgery which can actually help prevent it. If lymphedema does occur, the doctor will help you proactively manage it.

Preventing Lymphedema:

Prior to surgery, Dr. Rimmer might conduct a sentinel lymph node biopsy to determine which lymph nodes should be removed, while preserving the remaining lymph nodes located in the axilla.
A rehabilitation therapist will teach you massage techniques and moderate range of motion exercises to perform on a daily basis to stimulate the lymphatic system.
The doctor or a member of his highly trained staff will recommend special garments, pumps and/or compression bandages that will help prevent additional fluid from building up in the tissue.

If you're dealing with breast cancer and require lymphedema testing or therapies, call 561.748.1242 and book a consultation with Dr. John A.P. Rimmer, lymphedema testing specialist in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Dr. Rimmer will thoroughly and compassionately answer all your questions and work as your Breast health care advocate.