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Lymphedema Of The Head

Written by Amy Hall
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Dealing with Lymphedema of the Head

Secondary lymphedema of the head and neck can develop as a result of an obstruction of lymphatic channels following surgical removal of lymph nodes and fibrosis due to radiation therapy. This condition can be treated with Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. Lymphedema can be a very debilitating condition, as patients lose their ability to move around and perform every day tasks without help.

Lymphedema also has serious psychological risks associated with it. Patients can lose their self-esteem as their deformity becomes worse and they are unable to care for themselves as they used to. For this reason alone, it is imperative that patients receive quality treatment as soon as the symptoms of lymphedema manifest themselves.

Post-Surgery Care

Manual Lymph Drainage has been shown to treat lymphedema of the head effectively. In fact, MLD has been proven to improve the quality of life after cancer surgery and therapy. MLD and CDT have been shown to be better at treating lymphedema than surgery or pumps. Controlling symptoms before they get out of control is key to managing this stubborn condition.

A therapist may also decide to treat the lymphedema using compression bandages. The head is difficult to bandage due to the nose and mouth and eyes, but it can be done. A qualified therapist will show the patient how to bandage the head and/or neck areas to bring the swelling down and keep the head at a normal size and shape.

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