The lymphatic system is a network of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels. Its primary function is to transport and filter lymph fluid throughout the body. This fluid contains mostly water and protein and is a vital component in maintaining the body's fluid levels. Lymphedema is a medical condition that may occur when regional lymph nodes are compromised due to surgery, radiation or injury, or if there is a congenital deformity within the lymphatic system. This results in an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the surrounding tissue and eventually in the entire limb. Lymphedema can be manifested in two ways:
Lahey Clinic's Lymphedema Center offers a multidisciplinary team approach for the evaluation and treatment of lymphedema. The Vascular Medicine Department provides many specialists with expertise in vascular diseases, including lymphedema. In addition, physical therapy provides Vodder- and Lerner-trained therapists who are certified in the treatment of lymphedema.
Lahey Clinic's Lymphedema Center is a sponsor of the National Lymphedema Network. This non-profit organization's mission is to create awareness of lymphedema through education and to promote and support the availability of quality medical treatment for all individuals at risk for, or affected by, lymphedema. The Lymphedema Center also has an affiliation with the Greater Boston Lymphedema Network. This patient-oriented group meets monthly here at Lahey Clinic, with the goal of educating and supporting patients and their families with regard to lymphedema. Guest speakers are invited to share their information on various topics including lymphedema, lipedema, venous insufficiencies, cancer, acupuncture, herbal medicines and nutrition. For further information or referrals, we can be reached through: Lymphedema Center Phone: 781-744-2760 Vascular Medicine Department Phone: 781-744-8470