Lymphoedema is a condition where high protein fluid accumulates in the tissues of the body, creating swelling and changes to the appearance and feel of the skin. Any part of the body may be affected but lymphoedema most commonly affects the limbs. It can develop for a number of reasons and there is ongoing research to understand this better, but in general terms, lymphoedema is a result of damage to the normal drainage mechanisms of the lymphatic system.
Lymphoedema cannot be cured, so efforts to deal with the problem are geared towards control. This is done by encouraging what healthy lymph channels remain to work harder and by improving skin condition.
Our service hosts the local lymphoedema service and therapists are available on an appointment basis.
The service provides outpatient support to lymphoedema sufferers who have cancer related or primary lymphoedema. The service supports patients through reassessment and appropriate intervention depending on individual need.