Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of fluid resulting in swelling of certain parts of the body (most commonly the arms and legs).

We offer Level 1 and 2 Accredited Lymphoedema Therapists at Ramsay Health Plus to assist with the following lymphoedema therapies:

  • Prescription and review of specialised compression garments
  • Lymphatic massage and education on self-massage techniques
  • Exercise prescription
  • Education on skin hygiene to prevent infection
  • Advice regarding nutrition and weight management

We provide education on stress management, relaxation and energy conservation, as well as ongoing care to ensure lymphoedema symptoms are well controlled.

Treatment can reduce lymphoedema symptoms and, in the long term, provide people with education and skills to help manage their lymphoedema in their daily life.

We recommend the Cancer Council as a wonderful supplementary source of information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lymphoedema cannot be cured. However, with the correct management from highly trained professionals and self-management strategies from patients, it can be controlled.
Lymphoedema in the legs can be treated a number of ways including lymphatic drainage (a special type of massage performed by skilled therapists), compression bandaging, or the use of custom pressure garments to reduce swelling and discomfort associated with the condition. Specific exercises are often prescribed along with advice regarding limb elevation and skin care.

According to Cancer Australia, the aim of lymphoedema management is to reduce and control swelling, improve the range of movement of the affected area and prevent infections. Your doctor may refer you to a qualified lymphoedema practitioner for an individualised treatment program, often referred to as complex physical therapy (CPT). A lymphoedema practitioner is an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or nurse who is specifically trained to treat lymphoedema. The treatments recommended will vary depending on the stage of lymphoedema and the severity of symptoms but may include:

  • Compression garments or compression bandaging
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • Special limb exercises
  • Elevation
  • Advice on general exercise
  • Advice on skin care

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional with a specialty in lymphoedema management, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeking treatment. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

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