For us, treating lymphostasis is a matter of heart.
The treatment should be started as soon as swelling appears!
- Compression treatment is the cornerstone of conservative treatment
- In surgical treatment, the swollen tissue is either removed (liposuction) or the lymphatic drainage is directed into the vein circulation or alternatively healthy lymph nodes are microsurgically implanted into the affected area
General information on how to treat lymphostasis
Lympha is protein fluid that filters from blood vessels to the subcutaneous tissue. From the tissue the fluid is then transported through lymph ducts into the lymph nodes (sentinel nodes) which act as defenders for our immune system.
Finally, the extra fluid returns to the vein circulation through the lymphatic system.
Globally, the most common causes for disruption in lymphatic circulation (lymphostasis) are soft tissue infections (f.ex. filariasis). It can also be a congenital lymph node deficiency. In the western society, the most common causes of lymphostasis are cancer diseases. They spread through the lymphatic system (breast cancer, melanoma, gynaecological cancers) and when treating, operation and radiation radically reduces the amount of lymph nodes.
Overweight can also cause the lymph circulation swelling as well as a serious case of varicose veins in the lower limbs.