Lymphedema

We offer the latest advancements to prevent and treat lymphedema in Indiana

Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system, an important part of the body’s overall immune system, is damaged due to surgery or radiation.

This blocks the lymphatic fluid that cleans and protects the body from being circulated.

Patients with breast cancer who have a mastectomy or lumpectomy with lymph node dissection and radiation have a 30 percent higher chance of developing lymphedema.

Knowing Your Options for Lymphedema

Lymphedema is preventable and treatable. And, at IU Health Cancer Centers, patients have a team of highly skilled experts who can help navigate and choose the right option for them.

IU Health offers the most comprehensive breast cancer-related lymphedema surgical options available in the state.

The highly-skilled breast plastic surgeons at IU Health are the only physicians in the state to offer the latest and most advanced surgical lymphedema treatments to prevent and minimize symptoms in patients with breast cancer.

Lymphedema Prevention

Lymphatic Microsurgical Preventive Healing Approach (LYMPHA), offers patients with breast cancer an option to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema.

The specialists at IU Health are the only ones in the state that can provide this surgery. It is completed at the same time of a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Find a plastic surgeon that specializes in the LYMPHA procedure.

Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema

For patients who suffer from lymphedema as a result of breast cancer, there are surgical and non-surgical options available.

You are able to reduce limb volume with surgery. IU Health offers the following surgical options for patients who are interested in alleviating the need for constant compression or therapy sessions.

  • Lymph node transfers–an approach that helps eliminate advancement of lymphedema and improve symptoms.
  • Lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA)—least invasive outpatient procedure available for patients currently suffering from lymphedema.
  • Liposuction—a surgical option for patients with advanced lymphedema. It is used to reduce swelling and overall limb size.

Treatment

Knowing Your Options for Lymphedema

Lymphedema is preventable and treatable. And, at IU Health Cancer Centers, patients have a team of highly skilled experts who can help navigate and choose the right option for them.

IU Health offers the most comprehensive breast cancer-related lymphedema surgical options available in the state.

The highly-skilled breast plastic surgeons at IU Health are the only physicians in the state to offer the latest and most advanced surgical lymphedema treatments to prevent and minimize symptoms in patients with breast cancer.

Lymphedema Prevention

Lymphatic Microsurgical Preventive Healing Approach (LYMPHA), offers patients with breast cancer an option to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema.

The specialists at IU Health are the only ones in the state that can provide this surgery. It is completed at the same time of a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Find a plastic surgeon that specializes in the LYMPHA procedure.

Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema

For patients who suffer from lymphedema as a result of breast cancer, there are surgical and non-surgical options available.

You are able to reduce limb volume with surgery. IU Health offers the following surgical options for patients who are interested in alleviating the need for constant compression or therapy sessions.

  • Lymph node transfers–an approach that helps eliminate advancement of lymphedema and improve symptoms.
  • Lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA)—least invasive outpatient procedure available for patients currently suffering from lymphedema.
  • Liposuction—a surgical option for patients with advanced lymphedema. It is used to reduce swelling and overall limb size.

If you are interested in discussing your options for breast cancer-related lymphedema surgery, meet with one of our physicians.

Find a Provider

If you decide surgery is not right for you, we have a team who will partner with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific lymphedema symptoms. This could include:

  • Skin care
  • Compression bandaging
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Compression garments

Lymphedema has a large impact on a patient’s life and is a life-long disease. At IU Health, we work with you to develop a unique treatment plan focused on healing you as a whole person—emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

If you decide surgery is not right for you, we have a team who will partner with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific lymphedema symptoms. This could include:

  • Skin care
  • Compression bandaging
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Compression garments

Lymphedema has a large impact on a patient’s life and is a life-long disease. At IU Health, we work with you to develop a unique treatment plan focused on healing you as a whole person—emotionally, spiritually and physically.

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