Our Lymphoedema Clinic is a private clinic that helps with the management and treatment of primary and cancer-related lymphoedema.
This clinic is run by our Lymphoedema Therapist, Ms Karin Wolfsperger.
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which causes swelling in the body's tissues. It most commonly develops in the arms and legs. Less commonly, following some cancer treatments, it can also affect other parts of the body, such as breast, head and neck trunk and genitals.
It is caused as a result of an impaired lymphatic system - a part of your immune system which helps fight infection and remove excess fluid.
Common causes of lymphoedema include:
- Surgery involving the removal of lymph nodes
- Trauma/injury that damages the lymph system
- Congenital impairment of the lymph system
There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it can be managed through compression bandaging, lifestyle changes, and a specialised massage technique known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).
What happens during an appointment?
Your initial assessment takes 60-90 mins in which a detailed history is taken. You will receive in-depth information about the condition and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Limb measurements will be taken (where applicable) to help monitor progress and for the fitting of compression garments where appropriate. There will also be a physical examination of the affected area.
An individual treatment plan that takes account of your physical needs, lifestyle factors, and other circumstances will be discussed and agreed upon for future sessions.
Do I need a referral?
We are happy to see patients without a referral from their GP.
How do I book an appointment?
To book an appointment or for any other information, call 01273 828 120 or make an enquiry online and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.