How is lymphoedema treated?

Successful management incorporates  a combination of approaches to treatment


The primary four treatments for lymphoedema are:

  • Taking care of your skin to avoid infection
  • Using the affected area to promote drainage of lymph fluid
  • Gaining external support from compression hosiery or special bandages to encourage lymph drainage
  • Using lymph drainage techniques

Occasionally other treatments may be used and your treatment will be tailored to suit you. You may not need all the available treatments, or you may receive them at different times or in a different order.

Who will treat me?

Various people may help with your treatment, such as your hospital doctor, a lymphoedema therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, family doctor (GP) or dietician.

How do I contact a specialist?

If you need to be referred to a lymphoedema specialist, your hospital doctor or family doctor can do this. Alternatively, you may like to find out if there is a specialist in your area. You can get names and addresses of lymphoedema services and therapists from the Lymphoedema Support Network.