Frequently Asked Questions
Who are your patients?
We typically treat oncology patients – both men and women – with a range of needs associated with lymphoedema.
What is lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is the build-up of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid, which results in the swelling of one or more areas of the body. This happens when the lymphatic system has been damaged and/or does not work properly, and usually affects the limbs, but may also involve other regions of the body.
Women who have had breast cancer surgery involving removal of lymph nodes are particularly susceptible to the condition, but it is also associated with injury, obesity, immobility, infection and genetic deficiencies. Any major trauma to the lymphatic system causes a lifelong risk of lymphoedema.
Early warning signs of lymphoedema include swelling of a particular region of the body such as an arm, leg or breast.
You can read more here.
Can I come to see you about lipoedema?
Absolutely, we treat patients with lipoedema as well.
You can read more about lipoedema here.
How do I prevent lymphoedema?
Your risk of developing lymphoedema can be reduced and managed with education and early intervention. Please see a description of our services for further information about lymphoedema prevention.
When should I see a lymphoedema practitioner?
You should see a lymphoedema practitioner if you:
are concerned about getting lymphoedema
have undergone cancer treatment that has damaged your lymphatic system
have a family member with lymphoedema
experience significant swelling of a particular limb or body area
have lymphoedema-related concerns about flying, lifting or exercising
Do I need a referral?
No – as we are primary practitioners, you do not need a referral to see us.
We treat patients who have been referred by their surgeon, oncologist, breast care nurse or general practitioner, and others who have heard of us through word of mouth or found us of their own accord.
Are rebates available on your services?
Medicare rebates are available for people who are on a Chronic Disease Management Plan, which is put in place by your GP.
Private health insurance rebates are available for people with cover that includes physiotherapy and can be claimed immediately through TYRO.