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What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitial space that is due to an insufficiency of the lymphatic system which causes excessive swelling. Basically, it’s swelling caused by a blockage of the normal lymph flow or damage to the lymph nodes and/or vessels. The protein-rich fluid becomes trapped and swelling results. This swelling typically occurs mostly in the arms and legs but can also occur elsewhere in the body such as the face, neck, trunk, and genitals. Cancer patients who have had lymph nodes removed and/or had radiation treatments are at a higher risk of developing Lymphedema. But, cancer patients aren’t the only ones who can develop it.

Alante’s very own co-owner, Kate, is one of the only, and arguably, the most prominent lymphedema therapist in the Greater San Antonio area. She has over 20 years’ experience with lymphedema therapy and is LANA certified (Lymphology Association of North America).

Lymphedema is not curable, but manageable! With treatment, self-maintenance, and compression, individuals with lymphedema are living normal lives and engaging in many of the activities they love. Lymphedema can be controlled. It doesn’t have to control you!

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If you are interested in learning more about how Lymphedema therapy can help improve your symptoms, please contact us to schedule your evaluation.


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