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Suction Assisted Protein Lipectomy (SAPL) For The Treatment Of Chronic Lymphedema

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This article is a follow up to the discussion of the role of surgical procedures, in this case suction assisted protein lipectomy (SAPL), or liposuction, as an additional treatment option for lymphedema (see: Liposuction for the Treatment of Lymphedema?).

Please keep in mind that any surgical approach to treat lymphedema should be . . . → Read More: Suction Assisted Protein Lipectomy (SAPL) For The Treatment Of Chronic Lymphedema

Debunking Lymphedema Risk Reduction Behaviors: Not So Fast

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I would like to thank Dr. Judith Nudelman for writing this article on the importance of practicing appropriate risk reduction for individuals affected by, or at risk of developing lymphedema.

Dr. Nudelman is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Clinical at Alpert Medical School, Brown University. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist . . . → Read More: Debunking Lymphedema Risk Reduction Behaviors: Not So Fast

Liposuction for the Treatment of Lymphedema?

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Various surgical procedures for the treatment of lymphedema have been practiced for over a century and advancements in medical technologies have led to increased discussion of the role surgical treatment as an alternative or additional treatment option for a select group of patients affected by lymphedema. Recent research indicates that the surgical approach . . . → Read More: Liposuction for the Treatment of Lymphedema?

The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing Exercises in the Management of Lymphedema

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Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back to the bloodstream. Effective lymph flow depends on sufficient muscle and joint activity, especially if the functionality of the lymphatic system is compromised.

The Deep Lymphatic System

Abdominal . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing Exercises in the Management of Lymphedema

Why Exercises should be Part of Your Lymphedema Treatment Regimen

TweetThe positive impact a well-tailored regular exercise program can have on a healthy lifestyle, improvement of general well being, increased energy level, and stress and weight management is well known. Additional benefits of exercises for those individuals at risk of, or have lymphedema include improved limb flexibility, range of movement, and most importantly increased . . . → Read More: Why Exercises should be Part of Your Lymphedema Treatment Regimen

Nobel Prize for Discoveries on the Treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis

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On October 5, 2015 one half of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was jointly awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. The research of Campbell and Ōmura has led to the development of drugs to effectively treat . . . → Read More: Nobel Prize for Discoveries on the Treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis

Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

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Trying to find a certified lymphedema specialist for yourself or a loved one?

Look4LE is a mobile app, developed by the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP), to help patients and families find therapists in their areas who are trained to treat lymphedema.

The app currently features almost 1,000 LANA-certified therapists, and therapists with . . . → Read More: Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

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An IPC is an intermittent pneumatic compression device that is composed of an inflatable garment consisting of multiple pressure compartments that wraps around the arm or leg, and an electrical pneumatic pump that fills the garment with compressed air. The garment is intermittently inflated and deflated with cycle times and pressures that vary . . . → Read More: How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

New Lipedema Documentary

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I wanted to make you aware of a new documentary on lipedema called “The Disease They call FAT”. This 52 minute documentary was directed and produced by Catherine Seo, PhDc, who is affected by lipedema as well. Click the link below to see a 10 minute preview of the documentary, which premiered on . . . → Read More: New Lipedema Documentary

Lymphedema and Airline Travel

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Commercial airline travel is fast, safe and convenient and in the vast majority of cases without any harmful health effects. However, the aircraft environment and other airline-travel related factors may cause certain stresses on the individual affected by lymphedema or the population at risk to develop lymphedema (latent lymphedema). This article is intended . . . → Read More: Lymphedema and Airline Travel