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Managing Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a potential complication resulting from the removal of lymph nodes under the arm that may occur months to years after surgery. This complication results in swelling in the hand, arm, shoulder, or chest area. Severity and duration of the condition varies.

Identifying the signs of lymphedema and intervening early results in better outcomes. If you develop lymphedema, a number of treatment options are available, including specific exercises and manual lymph drainage. A referral to a qualified specialist can be made by your physician.

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