What is Lymphodema?
Lymphoedema is a long-term condition that causes the tissues within the body to swell as the body lymph is not drained properly. Whilst it can occur throughout the body, it is most common in the arms and legs. This swelling is a result of excess fluid in the tissues which is not drained due to the Lymphatic System being damaged, defective or blocked. This network of glands and channels is responsible for not only fighting infections but also removing excess fluid.
Secondary Lymphoedema occurs due to damage to the Lymphatic System, which could be a result of surgical removal of Lymph nodes in the treatment of Breast, Vulval or Penile cancer; radiotherapy directly to lymph nodes; invasion of tutor cells on the lymphatic vessels and nodes; infections; vascular surgery; or direct trauma to the body parts, e.g., burns, accidents, grazes or open wounds.