of the arm is a complication of breast surgery that may occur
in patients following removal of lymph nodes. The sentinel
node procedure reduces the possibility of Lymphedema developing.
Radiation therapy may also contribute to the onset of Lymphedema.
Swelling in the affected arm or hand is usually the first
symptom a woman will notice. Occasionally, the onset will
be associated with an infection, producing a swollen, red
hot, painful arm. Lymphedema may occur in the immediate postoperative
period or months to even years later. It is recommended that
women do not have blood draws or blood pressure taken on the
treatment side. Inform your doctor immediately about any changes
in the appearance of your hand or arm.
from your doctor and approval from insurance are required
for payment for treatment. Information is free on prevention,
education, support groups, and workshops.
Hoag Hospital Rehabilitation Services for Comprehensive Treatment
for Lymphedema, Cancer Center Auditorium
be more than are listed here: check with your doctor and local
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital Lymphedema Program
Saddleback Memorial Rehabilitation Services for Comprehensive
Treatment for Lymphedema
St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Lymphedema Treatment