Can Lymphoedema be treated?

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In most cases the answer is 'yes'.  

With the correct treatment - Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) - the swelling and condition of the skin can almost always be improved.  However, if you suffer from certain medical conditions, this can sometimes mean that treatment will not be possible, or it may have to be modified to suit your needs.

Early detection and diagnosis of lymphoedema by your doctor is essential.

Prompt treatment is always recommended when the swelling is soft and more easily managed.

Lymphoedema should be treated as early as possible in order to prevent complications, such as infections, fibrosis and increased swelling.

It is important however to remember that treatment is still effective at later stages, although a longer period of treatment may be required to reduce swelling and break down fibrosis

With patients’ full cooperation, expertly performed CDT should result in the swelling being reduced or almost eliminated.

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