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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    When is surgery necessary treatment for lymphoedema?

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    Kindra Logan


    Senior Lymphoedema & Oncology Physiotherapist.Founder of The Lymphoedema Clinic & Chelsea Longbeach Physiotherapy, leading Physiotherapy private practices servicing the South East, Bayside & Mornington Peninsula … View Profile

    Surgery is not usually an option for the treatment of Lymphoedema. Various surgical procedures have and are still sometimes performed with poor outcomes often resulting in further scarring and compromise to the lymphatic system.  There is, however, a very  specific form of liposuction that some Australian surgeons have commenced.  This surgery is suitable for few with very significant arm size difference despite full CPT (a course of manual lymphatic drainage and bandaging).  Surgical candidates must be prepared to wear customized compression garments indefinitely. Lymphoedema therapists in Australia will be learning more about the introduction and outcome of this surgery following this months Australasian lymphology conference in may….stay tuned!

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