Lymphedema and Venous Oedema.
Explanation and Causes.
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to drain excess lymphatic fluids.
(also spelt lymphoedema), is the
accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissues, that
thereby causes swelling due to the inability of the
lymphatic system to drain the excess fluids.
Lymphedema usually develops
when lymphatic vessels are damaged as a result of
radiation, infection, trauma, hip or knee surgery,
blood clots, long term circulatory problems or
Secondary lymphedema frequently develops when
the lymphatic system is damaged or disrupted through
cancer surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy,
lymph node dissection or lymph node biopsy.
Traditional western medical protocols for
cancer have created the single leading cause of
secondary lymphodema. Invasive procedures that
involve the removal of cancer - such as prostate,
colon, uterus, bladder, breast and malignant
melanoma - create the most likely possibility of
secondary lymphoedema development, due to the
removal and damage done to lymph nodes.
Excess weight creates a high risk for the
development of secondary lympedema due to the flow
of lymph being blocked by fat.
Secondary lymphedema occurs most often in the
arms and legs, and sometimes in other parts of the
body. It may occur immediately after invasive
procedures or within a few weeks, months, sometimes
develops due to venous insufficiency. Venous
insufficiency is caused by vascular disease,
the prevalence of varicose veins, or previous deep
vein thrombosis (inactive), which develops as a
result of high blood pressure or if the heart is not
Insufficient blood flow in the veins of the
legs, resulting from prolonged physical inactivity,
trauma or blood clots will also cause venous
When venous insufficiency takes place, excess
fluids cannot be efficiently removed through the
veins thereby leading to leakage into the tissues.
This then creates swelling in the affected limb -
known as venous edema - tingling, cramps, varicose
veins and skin pigmentation. If severe and extreme,
ulcers and skin wasting may begin to occur.
Neil Piller, one of the worlds leading
authorities on the treatment of lymphoedema, led the
research held at Flinders University in
South Australia between 2000 and 2002, to determine
the effectiveness of the Sun Ancon Chi Machine
to drain the excess fluids from patients suffering
from secondary lymphedema and venous oedema. These
clinical trials showed there was a significant
reduction in fluids. Professor Piller concluded the
Sun Ancon Chi Machine was the most efficient method
of lymph drainage that he had come across to date.
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