FAQ Lymphoedema & Lymph Drainage

Lymphoedema & Lymph Drainage

Can lymphoedema be treated?
Yes, lymphoedema can be managed conservatively with lymph drainage and compression and debulking liposuction can also be done to reduce bulk.
Can lymphoedema be cured?
No, we cannot cure lymphoedema but can manage it. Debulking surgery will get the limb to the same size as the contralateral limb and compression will maintain this. Pre-operative preparation is vital and involves intense treatment of decongestive therapy, lymph drainage, compression garment planning and lifestyle optimisation.
How is manual lymph drainage different from a massage?
MLD is a light, skin-stretching technique that’s helps to promote the movement of lymph fluid in a swollen limb. It is different from a massage in that it is focuses on the lymphatic system.
What are the contraindications for having MLD?
1. If you have a heart condition you must first be seen by a doctor to ensure that it is safe to have MLD 2. Acute DVT 3. Acute renal failure 4. Acute inflammation caused by an infection
Is MLD painful?
The MLD technique does not directly cause pain. If is light and gentle.

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