Lymphedema Specialist

Night & Day Medical

Family Medicine Practice located in Midtown East & Washington Heights, New York, NY

Lymphedema is a condition for which there is no cure, but with the right treatment protocol, you can manage your symptoms and keep the swelling under control. Dr. Cluny Lefevre and Dr. Joseph Ahram at Night and Day Medical are skilled at helping patients with lymphedema manage their symptoms so they can be at their best overall health and wellness. With locations in New York City, in the Midtown East and Washington Heights, there’s an office that’s convenient to you for your healthcare needs. If you’d like help managing lymphedema symptoms, call one of the offices, or schedule an appointment online.

Lymphedema Q & A

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which part of your body — typically your arms or legs — swell up as a result of lymph buildup in your soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid in your body that is made up of white blood cells whose job is to fight disease. When your lymphatic system is damaged or blocked in some way, lymph can collect in your extremities, causing them to swell.

What causes lymphedema?

Some of the most common causes of lymphedema include:

  • Cancer that blocks lymph flow
  • Scar tissue after radiation therapy
  • Surgical removal of lymph nodes
  • Infections
  • Health conditions in which your lymph nodes don’t function properly

When lymphedema occurs by itself, it’s called primary lymphedema, but when it’s the result of another disease or condition, it’s known as secondary lymphedema, which is more common.

Who is at risk for developing lymphedema?

If you’ve had cancer treatments or other surgical procedures, you could be at risk of developing lymphedema. Increasing age, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are also contributing risk factors.

How can you prevent lymphedema?

It’s possible to prevent lymphedema, especially when you’re aware that cancer treatments or surgeries involve your lymph nodes.

After any treatments and procedures, be sure to protect the affected arm or leg from injury. You should also rest your limb while you recover from surgery and avoid strenuous activity. Protect your arm or leg from extreme temperatures, elevate it whenever possible, and avoid wearing constricting clothing.

How is lymphedema treated?

Since it’s not possible to repair existing damage to your lymphatic system, treatment options focus on controlling the swelling and other symptoms of lymphedema. Your treatments may include any of the following:

  • Wearing special compression garments
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Bandaging the area
  • Having a specific skin care routine
  • Losing weight
  • Laser therapy
  • Massage therapy

Since every case is different, the doctors at Night and Day Medical take care to consider your specific symptoms and the cause of your lymphedema when suggesting treatment options. They create a plan that works with your lifestyle to effectively manage your swelling and help you achieve the best possible overall health and well-being.

If you have lymphedema, learn about your treatment options by calling the New York office location that’s most convenient for you. You can also schedule an appointment using the online system.