Lymphoedema Clinic

What is lymphoedema? 

Lymphoedema is a swelling that develops due to a build-up of fluid in the body’s tissues. It can then occur in any part of the body, but is most common in the arms and legs. It is a chronic (long term) condition which can be appropriately managed. 

Early signs and symptoms include: 

  • Swelling
  • Clothing or jewellery feeling tighter
  • Heaviness, tightness or stiffness of the limb
  • Skin tightness, feeling stretched with some thickening of texture
  • Dryness or flaking of skin
  • Aching to the affected limb

Managing Lymphoedema 

Treatment aims:

  • To control and reduce swelling
  • Relieve discomfort
  • Prevent more fluid build up
  • Improvement may take weeks or months 

Treatment includes:

  • Advice on skin care
  • Exercises
  • Simple form of massage
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Compression garments
  • Multi-layer bandaging
  • Kinesiotaping
Clinics are run by qualified practitioners: Micheline Young, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Alison Hamilton, Physiotherapist. Clinics are held on Mondays.

You can expect:
  • Advice to be given
  • Measuring and fitting garments
  • Self-massage taught
  • Manual lymphatic drainage performed
  • Exercises taught and advised

More than one appointment may be necessary.

To make an appointment please contact The Oncology Unit on 07872 503 362 or 01323 411 188

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