Milford Vascular Institute is a leading clinic in Connecticut for treating patients with lymphedema.
Milford Vascular Institute has opened a state-of-the-art lymphedema treatment center. This center will focus on promoting total health improvement with on-site lymphedema therapists and nutritionists. Click on the link below to learn more about this innovative treatment center:
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is edema, or swelling, that typically occurs in an extremity. The swelling is caused by an obstruction in the lymphatic system.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a system of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins, germs, or other unwanted bodily waste. The primary function of the lymphatic system is promoting immunity in the body. The system does this by transporting lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The system is primarily composed of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Lymph vessels are very tiny. Most are smaller than capillaries in your circulatory system. These vessels are the conduits which move lymph to and from lymph nodes. Lymph nodes have two major functions: filtering the lymph of bacteria and viruses and producing lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are the white blood cells which act as defenders against invaders. There are also 4 primary organs in the lymphatic system: the spleen, thymus, tonsils, and adenoids.
What causes lymphedema?
Lymphedema develops from an obstruction in the lymphatic system. It is most common to develop lymphedema in one of your extremities. However, some patients do develop swelling in both arms, both legs, their head, chest, or genitals. This blockage is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.
What are the main symptoms of lymphedema?
Lymphedema signs and symptoms include: swelling of part or all of the affected area, a feeling of heaviness or tightness, restricted range of motion, aching or discomfort, recurring infections, and hardening and thickening of the skin
How do you treat lymphedema?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for lymphedema.
To treat the disease, we have to manage the symptoms. There are 4 stages of lymphedema and treatment varies at each stage of the disease.
Questions about lymphedema or interested in scheduling an appointment? Call (203)882-VEIN(8346) to schedule a new patient consultation.