What causes lymphoedema?
The body's "hazardous waste disposal" service
Primary lymphoedema is congenital. It is usually caused by lymph channels or lymph nodes that have not been properly formed.
Secondary lymphoedema describes oedema that develops during a patient’s lifetime and is not congenital. The causes of this can be operations, infections or injuries, for example.
Signs and symptoms
Lymphoedema after surgery for breast cancer
Living with Lymphoedema – Education, Therapy, Quality of Life
How can lymphoedema be treated?
Lymphatic drainage - "Massage" for decongestion
Manual lymphatic drainage is a special form of massage given to increase the transport capacity of the lymphatic system. It is not only applied to the affected part of the body, but always to the whole body.
The massage begins at the neck where the large lymph collector vessels open into the veins behind the collarbones. This stimulates the flow of lymph in the large lymph vessels to ease transport in the smaller vessels. Then the torso and limbs are treated.
Flat knit compression garments for maintenance
In summary, it can be said that lymphoedema is not entirely curable. However, very good results are achieved with CPD. Compression garments these days are even available in fashionable colours and patterns, so patients are far happier to wear them than ever before.