How to Prevent Lymphedema After Cancer Surgery?

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How to prevent lymphedema if I am going to have cancer surgery?

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These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
Before the surgery, you can ask your doctor whether it includes removal of lymph glands or vessels. To reduce risk factors, you can:
  • Rest your limb during recovering course Although moderate exercise is encouraged, don't get yourself tired.
  • Avoid injury to your affected limb Without lymph rodes, even a small cut can lead to infection.
  • Avoid extreme cold of heat on your limbs
  • Avoid tight clothing Tight clothing and blood pressure cuffs can constrict your limbs,
  • Elevate your limbs Holding the limbs above the level of your heart can be beneficial.
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