Treatments for Lymphedema in Children

How is lymphedema treated?

Non-surgical treatment

  • Lifestyle - Avoidance of trauma and diligent hygiene are examples of strategies to decrease complications associated with lymphedema.
  • Static compression - Custom garments will reduce the size of the affected extremity, slow disease progression and improve symptoms.
  • Pneumatic compression - A mechanical pump can be used to reduce your child's limb size and improve symptoms.

Surgical treatment

  • Liposuction - For some children, liposuction can decrease limb size and improve symptoms.
  • Other types of surgery may also be recommended.

What is the long-term outlook for a child with lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive disease without a cure. However, non-surgical and surgical treatments are able to slow the progression of your child's condition, prevent complications and improve symptoms.