LYMPHOEDEMA CLINIC

Diane fully trained to work with all areas of the body. Specialising in  pre surgery treatment. post- cosmetic surgery, surgery recovery known as (Oedema).  General issues with your immune system, please see FG-MLD.   Lipoedema.  Primary lymphoedema and Secondary Lymphoedema.                      

Wish to find out more about your specific condition,  send me a message.  I would be happy to hear from you.

Accepting referals from many Oncologists and Consultants, local GP`s and Accepting Health Care Insurance Companies. NHS patients can be accepted where funding has been the patients NHS trust. Self referral is also welcome.

What is the Lymphatic System:

The lymphatic system is a network of channels, Nodes and some ducts throughout the body. The lymph Nodes are associated with fighting infection,  found in groups or chains, mostly imbedded in fatty tissue and Lay close to the veins and arteries. Many types of cells are produced within the nodes that pick up Bacteria from the tissues which are then forced through the lymph nodes here, lymphocytes attack and kill bacteria, viruses and cancer cells.                                   Fluid Balance. The lymphatic system returns excess fluid and proteins from the tissues that cannot return through the blood vessels. Lymphatic vessels collect interstitial fluid and transport it to lymph nodes. Once this fluid passes out of the lymph nodes, it travels to larger vessels and eventually lymph ducts, which converge in the thoracic duct at the base of the neck eventually returning it back to the blood circulation.

What is LYMPHOEDEMA?

Lymphoedema may make its presence felt for a short time only, or for a lifetime, If the swelling lasts for a short period it is known as Oedema,  This may be due to an accident or  replacement surgery such as a knee or hip.  A long term or (Chronic) condition results in swelling that can affect any part of the body, Generally your swelling lasts longer than three months and this is known as Lymphoedema.  Regardless of which the timing of an episode of swelling can be inconvenient and uncomfortable.   

What is Primary lymphoedema?

Primary lymphoedema is caused by faulty genes/malfunction that affect the development of the lymphatic system responsible for draining fluid. The lymph vessels or nodes may not be developed properly or not work as they should.                                                                                                                 Primary Primary lymphedema can be subdivided into 3 categories:  1) congenital lymphedema, present at birth or recognised within two years of birth; 2) lymphedema praecox, occurring at puberty or the beginning of the third decade; or 3) lymphedema tarda, which begins after 35 years of age. Primary lymphoedema often runs in families, although not every child born to someone with the condition will develop it themselves.

 

before mld and cdt treatment

Primary Lymphoedema praecox Treatment with CDT followed by MLD

 

Before Treatment of MLD.                                                                  below is After MLD Treatment

 

after mld and cdt treatment

What Is Secondary Lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system or problems with the movement and drainage of fluid within the lymphatic system. A chronic condition causing swelling, which can lead to skin and tissue changes such as fibrosis. Restricted range of motion in the joints because of swelling and tissue changes, Skin discolouration, pain and altered sensation, Limb heaviness and Difficulty fitting into clothing.

The chronic, progressive accumulation of protein-rich fluid within the interstitium can occur anywhere in the body, including the arms, legs, genitals, face or oral cavity, neck, chest wall, back. As well as internal organs muscles and bones.

Secondary Lymphoedema may occur following –                                

  •  Surgery that affects the removal of lymph nodes.
  • Radiotherapy treatment to any part of the body
  • Accidental trauma/Injury to the body
  • infections such as cellulitis
  • Inflammation
  • joint replacement
  • In palliative care where cancer is active
  • Varicose Veins

I can offer a full treatment for both Primary and Secondary Lymphoedema. Please note that following a consultation a treatment plan will be individual to your needs depending of the severity of your Lymphoedema and will consist of some or all from this list.

    • Medical History
    • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
    • Combined De congestive therapy  (CDT)
    • Kinesio taping
    • Compression garments
    • Advise on Skin Care
    • Exercise 
    • Care advice at home

 

For prices and appointments please contact Diane.  Before an appointment please do not wear body moisturiser within the area to be treated.

Diane is a member of the Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN)  British Lymphology Society (BLS) and MLDukCDT.   Lymphoedema Clinic – FG-(MLD) Registered Practitioner

Trained in methods of Vodder, Leduc, Chichy, FG-MLD® Training Academy

Links: www.thebls.com      www.lymphoedema.org
www.mlduk.org.uk  www.lymphvision.com