Lymphedema care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic specialists offer personalized treatment for people with lymphedema. Your care team works together to deliver exactly the care you need.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and vascular medicine form a multidisciplinary team with vascular surgeons to provide whole-person care to those with lymphedema.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors use many tests to determine the cause of your swelling and evaluate your condition. Tests may include lymphoscintigraphy, MRI scan, CT scan and others. Mayo Clinic doctors and therapists work with you to reduce the swelling in your limbs, develop your individualized lymphedema treatment program and arrange for your follow-up care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating lymphedema. Each year, more than 2,700 people with lymphedema receive care at Mayo Clinic. This experience means your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Microsurgery Provides Much-Needed Relief to Teen With Lymphedema

    Hobbled with painful ankle swelling for a year, Amanda Garrett finally found answers and a solution at Mayo Clinic. Amanda Garrett's ankle was painful and extremely swollen, and for a year, no one could tell her why. The 18-year-old went from specialist to specialist to determine what was causing her left ankle to swell up [...]

  2. Freed From Lymphedema by Unique, Minimally Invasive Surgery

      Joni Carithers was forced to deal with swelling in her arm due to lymphedema for years following breast cancer surgery. But in 2016, microsurgery at Mayo Clinic finally relieved the discomfort that had vexed her for so long. Joni Kay Carithers is the kind of person who doesn't let anything get in her way, [...]

  3. Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

    In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating lymphedema. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 2,700 people with lymphedema.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 21, 2017