Lymphedema: What You Need To Know 

At Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the Ticonderoga Campus, we believe in a patient-centered approach. We encourage you to be an active, informed member of your team. Our team always takes the time to talk to you, explain the next steps and answer any questions you may have. We provide care that is: 

Your goals direct our care. We work with you to provide the treatment and support you need, so you can control your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

You may also be working with a hematologist or oncologist (cancer specialists). We work closely with your entire health care team, as well as your primary care physician, combining advanced medicine with a sensitive, compassionate touch. 

As a university hospital, our sophisticated diagnostic and treatment techniques are based on the latest research in lymphedema care. We use the most advanced technology to provide you with effective, comprehensive treatment. 

Our team members, including physicians and physical therapists, have specialized training and certification in lymphedema care. You can feel confident that your experienced, expert team understands your unique needs and has your best outcome in mind. 

What is Lymphedema? 

Lymphedema can appear as a side effect of cancer treatments or from the cancer itself, since both can damage the lymphatic system. If lymphedema appears suddenly, you may experience a painful swelling. If it builds up slowly, you may experience: 

  • Part or parts of your body that feel heavy or hard to move 
  • Feeling full or slow 

Discuss these symptoms with your oncologist or hematologist, who can determine if they are related to lymphedema. At The UVM Medical Center Lymphedema Clinic, we bring together an expert team of specialists to help you manage your symptoms and put you back in control of your life. 

Our team of experts includes: 

  • Physician specialized in lymphedema care 
  • Physical therapist certified in lymphedema care 
  • Experts from other areas of medicine, depending on your specific condition and needs 
  • Your primary care physician and referring physician, who work with us to establish a treatment plan and coordinate follow-up care
  • Treatment of Lymphedema

    The goal of treatment is to control the swelling and other problems caused by lymphedema.

    Damage to the lymph system cannot be repaired. Treatment is given to control the swelling caused by lymphedema and keep other problems from developing or getting worse. Physical (non-drug) therapies are the standard treatment. Treatment may be a combination of several of the physical methods. The goal of these treatments is to help patients continue with activities of daily living, to decrease pain, and to improve the ability to move and use the limb (arm or leg) with lymphedema. 

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