Lymphoedema is a long-term condition which causes swelling in the body’s tissues, usually affecting the arms and legs.

Primary lymphoedema is caused by faults in the genes that affect the development of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphoedema occurs as a result of problems or damage to the lymphatic system, usually as a result of injury, infection or cancer treatment.

In recent years, surgical developments have allowed for the development of a surgical treatment capable of restoring function to the damaged lymphatic system.

Why might you need lymphoedema surgery?

If left untreated, lymphoedema can worsen. Diagnosis and treatment are required as soon as possible in order to combat the effects of the condition.

What are the benefits of lymphoedema surgery?

Some of the benefits of lymphoedema surgery include:

  • Aiding treatment through early diagnosis
  • Reducing swelling and effects of the condition
  • Decreasing levels of pain

What does lymphoedema surgery involve?

For many years, the only available treatments for lymphoedema were liposuction and removing excess tissue. However, these are usually now only offered to patients with advanced stages of lymphoedema.

Modern surgical treatments have been developed and performed across the world for more than 10 years, though they have only recently arrived in the UK. Although they cannot cure the condition, treatment results in a significant reduction in swelling, pain and rates of infection.

Complications of the surgery include:

  • Cellulitis
  • Limited movement in the affected area
  • Infection

Recovery Time

Recovery time is dependent on the specific type of surgery that you choose to have. It will also vary according to the severity of your individual condition. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation process.

Treatment Cost

The price of treatment will vary according to the type of procedure you opt for, as well as your individual requirements. All available treatments and costing options will be explained during your consultation.

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