Deborah Hurt on Lymphoedema
March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month. Lymphatic therapist Deborah Hurt spoke recently about this painful post-operative condition and how it can be managed.
In New Zealand, around 20% of patients develop lymphoedema following lymph node removal. Education is important for prevention and impact of lymphoedema – the risk can be reduced by changes to weight and exercise, and stopping smoking. Correct breathing is an important part of lymphoedema treatment. In her presentation, Deborah suggested that in an ideal world, women would receive at least twoeducation sessions after their surgery, as information given before surgery may not be absorbed among all the more immediate concerns.
For Deborah’s comments on lymphoedema prevention, click here
For Deborah’s advice on diet and lymphoedema, click here