Treatment for lymphedema aims to reduce swelling and helps to prevent the fluid from building up again. Some patients see immediate results, but others can expect notable reduction of swelling within weeks.
Lymphedema may not be experienced immediately. It can appear months to years after surgery or treatment; therefore, it is important to have the treatment as soon as possible after surgery, to ensure the lymphatic system is working properly. There is no cure for lymphedema, but Combined Decongestive Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Compression Garments are very effective treatments.