Procedures that affect or remove your lymph nodes can cause lymphedema as a side effect.
Lymphedema will only occur in the area near a surgical site. For example, if you have lymph nodes removed as a part of cancer surgery to your left breast, only your left arm, not your right, might be affected with lymphedema.
Lymphedema can also occur as a result of an injury or medical conditions such as congestive heart failure or blood clots in the body.
To move waste fluids away from the damaged area, lymphatic massage, which uses a very gentle pressure, can help. It’s one technique used to reduce lymphedema.
Fluid build-up in the body is uncomfortable and causes pain and heaviness in the affected area. Stage 3 lymphedema can be quite problematic, causing significant depression and lack of mobility that could complicate healing.