Fluid or water retention occurs when excess fluids build up inside the body. Water retention occurs in the circulatory system with an overflow in the surrounding tissues. It can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and legs.
Lymphatic oedema occurs when there is an impaired function of the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is a network of specialised vessels (lymph vessels) throughout the body whose purpose is to collect excess lymph fluid with proteins, lipids, and waste products from the tissues.
This fluid is then carried to the lymph nodes, which filter waste products. The excess fluid in the lymph vessels is eventually returned to the bloodstream.
When the lymph vessels are blocked or unable to carry lymph fluid away from the tissues, localised swelling (lymphoedema) is the result.
Lymphoedema most often affects a single arm or leg, but in uncommon situations, both limbs are affected.
A thorough medical history and physical examination are done to rule out congestive heart failure, kidney failure, blood clots or other conditions.
Pneumatic compression device also known as controlled lymphatic pressor therapy. Sydney Holistic & Cosmetic Medicine provides this professional treatment, which is non-invasive and painless.
Sleeves are connected to a pump that provides sequential compression from the end of the extremity (toes) up towards the centre of the body. This treatment is offered under professional supervision. This treatment cannot be used in all individuals, such as those with congestive heart failure, deep venous thrombosis, or certain infections.
How we can help?
Our focus is on treating the root cause of the condition rather than just providing symptomatic relief. However, the approach differs from patient to patient.
There are various ways to identify and treat fluid retention.