Learn more about Lymphedema!
What is Edema?
Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is a general response of the body to injury. Edema may be a consequence of poor circulation due to heart failure or inactivity.
Lipolymphedema occurs when lipedema, obesity, and lymphedema are present together. This generally involves both lower extremities.
Lipedema is a medical condition that is often confused with lymphedema.
Lipedema occurs when extensive deposits of subcutaneous fatty tissue accumulates in both legs. This distribution of fat is generally located from the hips to the ankles. Hips develop fatty pads (“saddlebags”) and fatty tissue or skin folds overhang the ankles. The feet are not swollen.
What is Lymphedema
Lymphedema is a swelling caused by damage to the lymphatic system. It usually affects the arms or legs. It may also affect the hands, feet, face, neck, back, chest or genitals.
Stages of Lymphedema
STAGE 0 (latent stage), STAGE I (reversible stage), STAGE II ( spontaneously irreversible stage), and STAGE III (elephantiasis)
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Watch for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, increased skin temperature, or pain.
Contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these signs, or if you have a fever.
What is the lymphatic system?
Your lymphatic system plays a big role in circulation and immune function.
Blood is pumped away from the heart through arteries and capillaries and circulates through your body. Blood is pumped back to the heart through the veins, but a small amount of excess fluid and protein is left behind in the body tissues.