How to Prevent Lymphedema After Cancer Surgery?

Q:
How to prevent lymphedema if I am going to have cancer surgery?

A:
Before the surgery, you can ask your doctor whether it includes removal of lymph glands or vessels.

To reduce risk factors, you can:

  • Rest your limb during recovering course
    Although moderate exercise is encouraged, don’t get yourself tired.
  • Avoid injury to your affected limb
    Without lymph rodes, even a small cut can lead to infection.
  • Avoid extreme cold of heat on your limbs
  • Avoid tight clothing
    Tight clothing and blood pressure cuffs can constrict your limbs,
  • Elevate your limbs
    Holding the limbs above the level of your heart can be beneficial.

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