WHAT IS Lymphedema
Lymphedema can either be congenital (primary) or a result of treatment or injury (secondary). Secondary course is the most common reason and may occur after cancer treatment of mainly breast cancer, gynecological cancer, prostate cancer, malignant melanoma or tumors in the head/throat. Lymphedema is a chronic and complex condition that has major physical, psychological and social implications for the quality of life of patients suffering from it.
Lymphedema affects millions of people worldwide. Secondary lymphedema is by far the most common reason and statistics show that one in five women who survive breast cancer will develop arm lymphedema.
Even though lymphedema is a chronic condition, it can often be managed with conservative interventions, mainly bandaging or compression garments.
For some reasons and for some patients the compression treatment is just not enough. The adipose tissue increases due to chronic inflammation and it can not be removed with compression.
But, this excess fatty tissue can be removed by liposuction.READ MORE ABOUT THE PROCEEDURE
Lymphedema is a progressive and still incurable condition of variably painful swelling that can affect any part of the body. The swelling results from an insufficient lymphatic system and disarranged lymphatic transport and will subsequently lead to swelling of the tissues and eventually thickening of the skin and soft tissue. At a cellular level this inadequate drainage of lymph will lead to accumulation of interstitial fluid, which causes cellular proliferation and inflammation. As a result, chronic inflammation leads to dilatation and fibrosis of lymph vessels, which become incompetent with concomitant deposition of subcutaneous fat, and later fibrosis. The excess adipose tissue deposition begins either when the lymphedema becomes clinically significant or can occur within 1- 2 years.