Edema & Lymphedema
Edema occurs when fluid builds up in soft body tissues and causes swelling. Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services
offers a comprehensive program to manage edema and lymphedema.
Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from lymphedema, a condition in which
protein accumulates, causing limbs to swell. Some cases are primary,
developing as a result of a birth defect such as Milroy's disease, but
the majority are secondary, occurring when the body's lymphatic system
is compromised or damaged from cancer surgery, radiation treatment,
infection, trauma or hereditary conditions.
The body's lymphatic system consists of a network of lymph nodes and
vessels that serve as a filter to remove toxins and other harmful
substances. When lymph nodes are surgically removed or aren't working
correctly, fluid accumulates, causing lymphedema.
Edema and Lymphedema. Lymphedema usually affects an arm or leg, but it
can also affect other parts of the body. Common symptoms are swelling that restricts movement; aching,
tightness or heaviness in the affected limb; recurring infections; and a
hardening or thickening of skin. Lymphedema can get progressively worse
if not treated at the onset.
Holland Hospital Rehabililtation Services