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Charles: Lymphedema

After years of living with lymphedema and seeing his primary care doctor, a vascular surgeon, and a specialist at the vascular lab, Charles was referred to UPMC for physical therapy. Before beginning physical therapy, his legs and ankles were so swollen he was unable to find shoes that would fit. Charles appreciated how nice and friendly the entire staff was and how his therapist was always positive and took the time to explain everything.

During therapy, Charles worked on manageable goals and exercises. After just a few weeks, he began to see the swelling go down. Today, Charles has no significant swelling and is able to wear his shoes again.

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