Edema is swelling in any part of your body. Swelling may be caused by disease, birth defect, surgery, cancer treatment or other problems.
Lymphedema is swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid. The lymph system filters and drains excess fluid in your body. If the lymph system is damaged, the fluid builds up and causes swelling.
Swelling injures body tissue and increases your risk for infection. Tissues may harden over time, making treatment more difficult. It is important to start treatment in the early stages of edema or lymphedema. If you notice any swelling or issues with scarring from surgery, see your doctor and ask for a referral to edema care.
Edema therapists are physical and occupational therapists with advanced training in edema treatment. Services provided include:
Providers affiliated with Fairview providing treatment at independent clinics. Please verify coverage with your health insurer.