Your lymphatic system plays a key role in keeping your body healthy by removing toxins and other waste. When your lymph nodes get blocked, they can’t function properly, and the area around your lymph nodes becomes swollen — edema means inflammation. Lymph node blockages can even cause pain. That’s when you need the services of a cosmetic doctor like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery in the New York City Metropolitan area. A plastic surgeon is well suited to treat lymphedema because the methodologies overlap cosmetic techniques. So if you’re suffering from lymphedema, call Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City or New Jersey for comprehensive, compassionate treatment.
Lymphedema is a debilitating condition affecting your lymphatic system. It’s characterized by a persistent swelling because of a problem with lymphatic drainage, usually in your arms or legs, but can occur in other areas like your breasts. The build-up of lymph fluid usually happens because of a blockage or damage to your lymphatic system.
You have three types of blood vessels in your body: arteries, veins and lymphatics. Arteries direct blood into an area, while veins direct it back to your heart. The lymphatic system comprises vessels, tissues and organs. The lymphatic vessels drain the excess fluid, toxins and waste not carried away by your veins. These vessels also aid your immune system by transporting white blood cells.
There are two basic types of lymphedemas: primary and secondary. The cause of primary lymphedema is unknown. Primary lymphedema may start at birth, during childhood, or at any point in your adult life. Secondary lymphedema occurs due to another condition. The most common causes of secondary lymphedema include:
If you’ve got swollen arms or legs, the problem requires immediate diagnosis. This condition not only affects your appearance but also your ability to do normal daily activities. What’s worse, the build-up of lymph fluid increases the risk of infection and other health complications because the lymphocytes can’t reach some parts of your body.
In New York City or New Jersey, lymphatic specialists and cosmetic surgeons treat lymphedema at Rowe Plastic Surgery. Their expertise in surgery and liposuction makes them qualified to treat lymphedema, but these board-certified doctors also offer plastic surgery treatments, including breast reconstruction.
The main symptoms of lymphedema include:
If you’ve noticed some swelling in your arms or legs, accompanied by any other symptoms, it’s time to consult a lymphatic specialist. Visit one of the state-of-the-art facilities of Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons. Your doctor carries out extensive tests to identify the underlying cause of your lymphatic condition. The results steer the doctor to create the most effective treatment plan.
While theoretically everyone is at risk of lymphedema, some people are more vulnerable. The factors that increase your risk of lymphedema include:
If you think you have a case of lymphedema, talk to your doctor immediately. With the right diagnostic tests, Dr. Rowe identifies the condition and recommends the most effective treatment. He has a team of pathologists and other specialists on board to help with testing and diagnosis. This helps the team deliver the best lymphedema treatment.
After diagnosing your condition, your lymphatic specialist may recommend multiple conservative treatments to reduce swelling and other symptoms caused by the lymphedema. The non-surgical options to treat the lymphatic disorder include:
Your doctor endorses the most appropriate lymphedema treatment, based on your diagnosis, cancer treatment, and other medical conditions. With a tailored treatment plan, you can manage the debilitating symptoms of lymphedema and improve the quality of your life.
If the conservative lymphedema treatment techniques fail, your lymphedema specialist may recommend surgery. The goal of surgery is to improve the flow of lymph fluid to prevent swelling and other complications. The surgical procedures to treat lymphedema include:
Many of these procedures can be combined into one procedure when it’s advantageous. For example, you can undergo simultaneous breast reconstruction with a lymph node transfer. At Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City and New Jersey, the goal is to get you back to your normal life.
If you have any symptoms of lymphedema, contact Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Plainview, or Water Mill, NY, or in Montclair or Red Bank, NJ. Your doctor is dedicated to improving your life by treating your lymphedema.Let’s hear
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