Lymphedema is a chronic condition affecting more than 4 million Americans and nearly 140 million people worldwide. There’s no cure for it, so a diagnosis can significantly impact daily activities and overall quality of life.

At the Orlando Health Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute, we’re committed to providing personalized treatment options to help you get back to a healthier life.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid, usually in the arms or legs, but it also can affect the face, neck, trunk, abdomen or genitals. It occurs when the body’s lymph nodes can no longer drain fluid from those body parts. As a result, the fluids accumulate, causing swelling and pain. In severe cases, it can lead to infections and wounds.

Treating Lymphedema

While there is no cure, treatment options are available. The Orlando Health Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute is a leader in microvascular surgical options and trains other surgeons on lymph node transferring procedures. Treatment options include:

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If you’ve noticed swelling – or other symptoms – in your arms or legs, see a doctor as soon as possible. Our specialists can determine what’s causing it and how to address it.