JRK Medicals

Phlebology & Vascular Specialists located in Rochester, MN

If one or both of your legs are swollen and feel heavy, you may have lymphedema. This condition comes from a lymphatic system blockage, and it can cause severe infections or even cancer in some cases. Henna Kalsi, MD, the highly experienced physician at JRK Medicals in Rochester, Minnesota, can help prevent lymphedema if you are at risk. She will offer effective treatments to help you be more comfortable.

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What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that causes significant swelling in your legs or another part of your body. There are several possible reasons that lymphedema occurs, including:

  • Genetics
  • Surgical removal of lymph nodes
  • Infection
  • Radiation therapy for cancer
  • Bodily trauma

No matter why your lymphedema occurs, it’s important to get help so you can live comfortably without the swelling.

What are the signs of lymphedema?

The signs of lymphedema can go beyond ordinary swelling. The swelling can be so severe that it virtually overtakes your leg, arm, or another body part to make it nearly unrecognizable in comparison to its counterpart limb. Additionally, you may experience the following.

  • Limited range of motion
  • Heavy-feeling leg or arm
  • Chronic aches and pains in the affected limb
  • Regularly occurring infections in the same area
  • Skin thickening in the affected limb

You may experience several of these symptoms at once, and in severe cases, you might have all of these symptoms.

How is lymphedema treated?

Although lymphedema isn’t curable, you can manage it with Dr. Kalsi’s help. Making some simple adjustments to your daily routine can greatly alleviate your discomfort and other symptoms. Dr. Kalsi’s recommended changes may include using compression wraps on your affected limb, having therapeutic massage regularly, and starting a regular light exercise routine.

In the most serious cases of lymphedema, Dr. Kalsi may recommend more aggressive therapy, possibly including surgical removal of extra tissue in your affected limb.

With lymphedema, it’s very common for patients to have coexisting conditions. This means that Dr. Kalsi takes special care to properly manage all of your medical conditions so you can enjoy the best overall health and wellness.

Do I need to not use my affected limb?

No, not at all. In fact, regular movement is important in encouraging your lymphatic system to work properly. However, it’s important that you don’t overdo it. Dr. Kalsi can advise you regarding exercise type and intensity. In general, there’s no reason to avoid your usual daily routine around your home when you’re dealing with lymphedema.

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JRK Medicals

2633 Superior Drive NW Suite 100 Rochester MN 55901
1515 St. Francis Ave, STE 250, Shakopee MN, 55379

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