It’s a chronic, long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. Symptoms can include an aching, heavy feeling in the affected limb. Lymphoedema is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. This is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body. Its major functions are to help fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues. Abnormal development of the lymphatic system, damage to it and/or an increase in fluid in the body tissues can all lead to Lymphoedema.
Watch our short film below, where Chris, one of our Specialists explains more about what Lymphoedema is, what sufferers experience and how we help to alleviate symptoms.