Lymphoedema and Lipoedema are both conditions that can have a debilitating impact on a patient's every day life.
Lymphoedema is a condition whereby a patient's lymphatic system is either dysfunctional or damaged and unable to remove fluids from affected limbs, leading to a build up of protein-rich fluid. This causes uncomfortable swelling and tightness, heaviness, loss of mobility and skin problems including cellulitis, skin hardening and scarring.
Lipoedema is a fat disorder, whereby the body is unable to remove fats from the affected body part. It effects only women, and although it can appear to be a weight problem, weight loss has no impact on it. The skin is sore, tender to the touch, and bruises easily. Lipoedema can also cause lymphoedema.
Both conditions requirement ongoing management, as there are no cures. Additionally, they are poorly understood and managed in our health system, and the effects can be significant.
By educating the people who have been born with or who are at risk of developing either of these conditions, alongside their health professionals, it is hoped to reduce the impact of these disorders, improve outcomes and quality of life for patients.
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