Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when fluid collects in the legs or arms, resulting in swelling, or edema. In some instances, it is caused by an infection that develops due to a wound that was not properly treated. Here is some information on the condition and how we provide lymphedema treatment at DFW Wound Care Center.
When Lymphedema Treatment May Be Needed
The main function of the lymph nodes is to filter the fluid that passes through them, removing foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. However, if the nodes do not drain properly, then lymphedema treatment may be necessary in order to reduce the amount of fluids that build up in the arms or legs.
If you have the feeling that your watch, bracelet or clothes are too tight, or you experience a sensation of fullness in your legs or arms, then you may need to see a doctor about lymphedema treatment. You should also see a doctor if you have an unexplained loss of flexibility in your hands, wrists or ankles.
What to Expect from Lymphedema Treatment
If you need lymphedema treatment, that will more than likely include wearing a compression sleeve or stockings, as well as have the excess fluid drained. Whenever possible, elevate your swollen arm or leg above your heart. Just make sure the limb is properly supported, otherwise swelling could actually increase. Also, gentle exercise can help improve the circulation of lymph fluid and lessen swelling.
In some severe instances, a doctor may need to employ more aggressive treatments in order to reduce the risk of amputation. If an infection has led to a severe amount of swelling, proper treatment will be needed to save an extremity such as an arm, leg, toe, foot or finger.
Contact Us About Lymphedema Treatment
Please do not run the risk of suffering a serious complication due to an infected wound. DFW Wound Care Center offers safe, effective lymphedema treatment that could provide substantial benefits and greatly improve your quality of life. If you would like to schedule an examination or learn more about what we have to offer, call 972-665-6292 (Plano), 972-318-2383 (Lewisville), 972-607-9643 (Irving) or contact us online.