If you are going through radiation therapy, or if you have had your lymph nodes removed due to cancer, your chances of developing lymphedema are much higher. Some patients develop the condition within a matter of weeks, while others might not see symptoms for 15 or 20 years. Either way though, it’s wise to pay close attention to any signs of swelling and to schedule regular lymphedema testing in Jupiter, as this condition can seriously affect your comfort and quality of life.

What causes lymphedema?

Simply put, lymphedema is a swelling in one or more of your limbs due to a blockage in your lymphatic system. When you undergo lymph node surgery (a common breast cancer treatment) or if you undergo radiation treatment, the lymphatic system can develop blockages. A blockage will cause a buildup of lymph fluid, resulting in swelling.

Sometimes the symptoms of lymphedema show up soon after surgery or radiation treatment. At other times, the symptoms take years to develop. At the beginning, you might just notice a mild swelling in one of your arms or legs, and it can be easy to ignore; however, we highly recommend regular lymphedema testing in Jupiter.

Why opt for regular testing?

The sooner lymphedema is detected, the more we can do to minimize its effects. At the present, there is no cure for lymphedema; however we can do plenty to manage and treat the symptoms. Obviously, the sooner we can identify the condition, the more we can do to reduce your risk of suffering. A few common treatment options include:

  • Weight loss
  • Compression garments
  • Compression pump therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Gentle range of motion exercises
  • Laser therapy

But when it really comes down to it, early detection is your best bet for prevention. Dr. Rimmer and his team are here to provide the support and care you need, including lymphedema testing in Jupiter. Let us help you avoid the discomfort and risks of lymphedema through early, regular testing at our clinic here in Jupiter. To find out more, please feel free to contact us at 561-748-1242.