Yonsei S Clinic
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to a symptom of swelling due to the accumulation of excess water and protein (lymph fluid) in the skin and subcutaneous tissue due to lymph circulation disorder. Due to lymphatic vessel blockage or dysfunction, severe swelling of arms and legs appears immediately after surgery in about 30% of cancer surgery patients.
Types of lymphedema
It can be divided into primary and secondary lymphedema.
- Simple, Hereditary lymphedema
- Early lymphedema
- Spontaneous lymphedema
- Post cancer surgery
- Parasites or bacteria infection
- Trauma due to surgery or radiation therapy
- Other systematic diseases or pregnancy
① Edema persists for more than a month
② Feeling of tightness when wearing watches, rings, etc.
④ Pain, tightness, tingling, heaviness
⑤ Redness of the skin
⑥ Symptoms of infection, such as fever and pain
⑦ When the skin is pressed with the fingertips, its mark lasts longer than several seconds
Lymphedema treatment methods
- Lymphedema bandage therapy
- Pneumatic massage physiotherapy
- Microlymph node transplantation
- Stem cell transplantation
- Lymphedema stocking therapy
- Lymphedema treatment medication
- Surgical resection
- Lymph suction surgery
Doctor Shim Young Ki performed lymph node transplantation and treated it through lymphatic drainage after being taught the surgical method by Corinne Becker, a French professor famous for lymph node microsurgery. Currently, patients are treated with stem cell transplantation, microlymph node transplantation, lymph suction therapy, and lymphedema stocking therapy. Recently, a lot of patients from Mongolia, Russia, and Japan are seeking this treatment seeing improvement in cases of varicose veins and lymphedema, which are difficult to treat overseas.