What will happen at my appointment with Oxford Lymphoedema Practice?

At your appointment you will be seen by one of our experienced specialist surgeons Prof. Furniss or Mr Ramsden. They will initially start by exploring your reasons for coming and expectations of the treatments. They will take a full medical history and carefully examine you in order to assess the best method of treatment for you. If you would like a chaperone to be present in your consultation, we will be happy to provide one. Clinical photographs will routinely be taken if consent is given and stored in your notes. They may also recommend that you undergo Indocyanine Green Lymphography for a complete assessment of your lymphodema. This process can take up to two hours.

What is ICG Lymphography?

Indocyanine Green (ICG) is a green medical dye that has been used since the 1950s for measuring blood flow in the heart, liver, and the back of the eye. ICG lymphography uses an injection of a tiny amount of ICG (0.2ml) into the area that is affected by lymphoedema (usually into your foot or your wrist). The ICG is then taken up by the lymphatics, and your lymphatic function can be determined by visualising the ICG using a specialist infra-red camera system. You will be able to see your lymphatic function on a screen during the scan whilst your surgeon will discuss the results and implications for surgery.


We hold our clinics in the Manor Hospital, Oxford. This hospital is part of the Nuffield Health group of hospitals, and prides itself on delivering the highest quality healthcare to its patients.