Lymphedema Surgery Risks

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Lymphedema Surgery Risks

Lymphedema surgery risks

     Here is the thing about lymphedema surgery risks: no matter what your attending physician tells you, the risks exist. In some cases, the benefits far outweigh the risks, when talking about lymphedema surgery risks, that is most definitely not true. Unfortunately, even if the physicians are well aware of the risks that the patient runs when they are subjected to a lymphedema surgery, most of them still try to convince the sufferer that this is the only way to go.

     So, what can you expect when you are discussing lymphedema surgery risks? Well, the answer is pretty elaborate, but the short version is the following one: lymphedema is an incurable disease. No matter how many surgeries you undergo or how good your surgeon is, the illness will not be eliminated. Is it possible that the surgery will be a success? That actually depends on the goal of the procedure. If you hope for an impressive reduction of the swelling in the affected area, you might be disappointed.

      However, if the swelling does go down, even for a short period of time, keep in mind something that the physicians might not tell you: the swelling will reappear and it will be much more serious than before. The explanation is pretty obvious: the surgeon will cut into the affected tissue, will drain the liquid and he or she will close the wound. Sadly, the problem is not fixed, the lymphatic vessels are still damaged and the lymphatic liquid will start to accumulate from the moment that the cut is sown together to the moment of the next surgery.

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