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Lymphoedema is visible swelling that can develop anywhere in the body, but it is commonly seen in the arms and legs due to an impaired lymphatic drainage system.  The lymphatic system is no longer able to drain the build-up of fluid and waste products contained within the tissues of the body.  If left untreated, there is the potential for it to worsen over time. 

Lymphoedema can be described as either:

 Primary Lymphoedema:

This may be present at birth, puberty, or at any time during mid-life as a result of an underdeveloped lymphatic system.

Secondary Lymphoedema :

  • the result of cancer itself impacting on the lymphatic system

  • following treatment for cancer such as surgery or radiotherapy

  • because of an accident, injury, or trauma resulting in damage to the lymph vessels affecting drainage

  • venous insufficiency

  • recurring infections eg cellulitis

  • other general surgeries involving lymph node removal.

  •  Filariasis, is an infectious disease that spreads through mosquito bites. Some people have no symptoms and others may have inflammation, swelling or fever. Filariasis can lead to lymphoedema. Filariasis can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites if you travel to tropical climates.

Lymphoedema Management Therapy

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the gold standard for lymphoedema management.

CDT is comprised of an initial reductive phase:

  • Facilitative manual lymphatic drainage

  • Compression therapy including bandaging and/or garments

  • Diet and exercise

  • Skincare

  • Education in self-management.

Lipedema Management

Lipedema is a disorder with disproportionate with an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs, buttocks, and less arms. Lipedema predominately affects women, although there are cases where men have been diagnosed. Management of lipedema focusses on education and self-management of the condition and controlling its progression. More information about lipedema can be obtained from

Compression Garment Prescription and Fitting

Compression garments are prescribed specifically for you. Your personal preferences are an integral part of a compression garment prescription. A range of compression garments used in the treatment of lymphoedema, lipedema, and chronic oedemas will be discussed taking into consideration your personal circumstances.