How will my progress be monitored?
Your progress will be checked at regular follow-up appointments to monitor your lymphoedema.
You may be referred to a clinic closer to home if there is one. The time between these appointments may vary depending on your response to treatment. At each visit you will be able to discuss any problems or concerns related to your lymphoedema. The swollen area will be examined and may be measured. Your treatment may be revised and you may be given further advice about diet or activities.
Lymphoedema can often be stabilised and you may only need to visit the hospital once every six to 12 months. In the long term you are the person who controls and monitors your lymphoedema. The time may come when your therapist may not need to see you again.
What changes should I report to my therapist?
Contact your therapist or family doctor if you are concerned about anything but especially if you develop:
- Signs of infection - redness, heat, rashes, tenderness or pain affecting the swollen area or a raised temperature or flu-like symptoms
- Signs of problems with your circulation – changes in the colour of the swollen area to white, blue or purple or pain or a sudden increase in swelling
- Signs of a worsening of your lymphoedema – an increase in swelling or the formation of blisters, areas of weeping or discharge or any other skin changes, such as hardening of the skin
- Signs of changes in sensation or function of the area – tingling, numbness or pain or clumsiness
Your therapist or doctor will ask you what may have influenced these changes and discuss with you how best to deal with them.