Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Lymphedema Symptoms and Types

There are many causes for this condition.  Some of the most common include infections with parasites such as filariasis, injury or trauma to the area, past radiation therapy and surgeries, tumors and cellulitis.  One of the most common causes of lymphedema is removal of the breast (mastectomy) and underarm lymph tissue for breast cancer.  In a few cases the condition is present from birth (congenital).

In addition to swelling, the most common complications include chronic wounds and ulcers and skin breakdown.  Patients with lymphedema must be vigilant about skin care and hygiene.

 Your physician can offer different treatment options for lymphedema including:

  • Compression devices prescribed by a doctor usually with multi-layered bandages
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD) or light message to drain fluid
  • Range-of-motion exercises done with the help of a physical therapist
  • Surgery may be necessary in some cases

Contact your doctor if you have swelling of your arms, legs, or lymph nodes that does not go away.