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Oxford Lymphoedema Service

The Lymphoedema Service is a specialist nurse-led service supporting patients with lymphoedema, no matter what the cause. The service also supports patients with lipoedema and is run by nurses with specialist training in the management of lymphoedema and lipoedema.

There is no cure for lymphoedema or lipoedema, but with the right treatment the symptoms can be improved and managed well. We can offer advice, treatments and education, and support patients to self-manage their condition.

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a build-up of lymph fluid within the tissues in a part of the body that creates a swelling. This occurs if the lymph nodes and lymph vessels that carry the lymph fluid away are not working properly. It can affect any part of the body from head and neck to feet and toes.

It can be caused by many different reasons.

What is lipoedema?

Lipoedema is a condition whereby there are abnormal fat cells that cause excess fatty tissue. It mainly affects women. It commonly affects the hips and legs, but can affect arms as well. It can be very painful.

When is the Lymphoedema Service available?

The service is available Monday to Friday and offers evening clinics.

For more information about the service or referrals, please visit the Oxford University Hospitals palliative care page.