The Author

Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher

Tactile Medical

New Edition of Lymphedema Management Book



Steve Norton and I are excited to announce our new, 4th edition of the textbook Lymphedema Management; The Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners!

Our publisher’s petition for a 4th edition was a clear indication that awareness and treatment for lymphedema are rapidly expanding in the United States and the English-speaking world. The . . . → Read More: New Edition of Lymphedema Management Book

Complications of Lymphedema


Lymphedema is caused by a blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system, causing a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid, which may result in swelling affecting various parts of the body. Lymphedema most commonly presents in soft tissues of arms and legs; however, it may also affect the trunk, abdomen, head . . . → Read More: Complications of Lymphedema

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg


Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

When is it Lymphedema?


“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”

“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”

“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”

“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”

“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it Lymphedema?

Infections Associated with Lymphedema


There are numerous reasons why patients with lymphedema are at an increased risk for infections. Normally the body is protected by a fine acid layer on the surface of the skin, which prevents bacteria and other pathogens from entering. However, the skin in lymphedema tends to be dry and scaly, causing a disruption . . . → Read More: Infections Associated with Lymphedema