Lymphoedema is swelling of the arm and/or other limb, which is caused when the lymphatic system does not function properly. Over time this swelling increases and can lead to a feeling of heaviness and discomfort in the area. If left untreated, it can lead to loss of mobility and the skin becomes prone to infection.
Secondary lymphoedema can result from damage to the lymphatic vessels and/or lymph nodes. This may be from surgery, the lymph nodes being removed, and/or radiation therapy. There are effective treatment programs that can reduce the swelling and risk of complications. At Icon, we can assist with management techniques and teach you how to self-manage your lymphoedema at home. The earlier lymphoedema is recognised, the better it can be managed.