Lymphoedema is the name of a type of swelling. It happens when lymph builds up in your body’s soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. It usually happens in the arms or legs.

Causes of lymphoedema include:

  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Scar tissue from radiation therapy or surgical removal of lymph nodes
  • Inherited conditions in which lymph nodes or vessels are absent or abnormal

At Victorian Vascular Clinic a careful diagnostic workup is performed to confirm the diagnosis and exclude other potential causes of leg swelling.

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the oedema. A combination treatment program is often prescribed. This is known as complete decongestive therapy and includes exercise, compression devices, skin care, and massage. Surgical intervention is often the last resort.