Treating Your Condition

Lymphoedema and lipoedema are two completely different medical conditions. But something they have in common is that both require a holistic treatment plan.

Treating Your Condition

Lymphoedema and lipoedema are long-term (chronic) conditions, and their treatment usually involves a team of different specialties. Whereas a collection of lymphatic fluid causes the swelling in lymphoedema, a buildup of fatty tissue causes pain and discomfort in lipoedema.

Lymphoedema and lipoedema treatment is different but some elements are the same. Compression therapy is a key element for both lymphoedema and lipoedema treatment, as well as skin care and exercise. 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is part of Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the foundation for treating lymphoedema.

Skin problems and related infections are more common with lymphoedema and may require specific treatment.


For both medical conditions, surgical options can be considered under special circumstances such as; failed conservative (non-surgical) therapy, in the presence of severe symptoms, to support weight management, or to remove excessive tissue.

Long-term (chronic) conditions can also cause mental distress. Psychological therapy can help you to cope with your condition and improve your symptoms. 

Lymphoedema and lipoedema are complex medical conditions – their diagnosis and treatment can be difficult and sometimes they appear together. 

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