If you are a cancer survivor, you are at risk for lymphedema. This swelling of a body part, usually arms or legs, can happen after radiation or removal of your lymph nodes. It can happen right after surgery or many years later.
Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is a test that can help your health care provider watch for signs of lymphedema. By finding lymphedema early, you'll be able to manage your symptoms and live the life you love.
Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is a
test that can help find lymphedema early, when it is easier to manage.
It uses an electrical
signal to measure the amount of fluid in your arms and legs. The electrical
signal is low in strength and painless. An increase in fluid may mean that you
have early signs of lymphedema.
The test will take about 5 minutes.
The first test is known as a baseline.
This will be done before you have surgery. These measurements will show what is
normal for you.
After surgery, you will have
measurements taken every six months during your follow-up visits. This will
help your health care provider watch for signs of lymphedema.
BIS is a safe test but there are
certain things that could interfere with it. Before your scheduled test, tell
your health care provider if you:
You will be asked to remove any
tight-fitting clothing. You will be given a hospital gown to wear, if needed.
After surgery, your surgeon will refer
you to see a lymphedema therapist with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's
cancer rehabilitation program.
At this visit, you
will learn about lymphedema and how to do a range of motion exercises.
BIS is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
However, some insurance providers do not cover the cost for this test.
If you choose to have this test done,
the amount you will have to pay will be based on:
Please call your insurance provider to
find out if this test is covered by your health plan.
If your insurance provider does not
cover the test, Allina Health will discount your bill to $137 if you meet the
Please note: If your insurance
provider covers some of the cost for this exam and you have not met your
out-of-pocket costs, your bill cannot be limited to $137.
If you are a patient who would like to schedule an appointment or a provider who would like to make a referral, please call one of these locations.