Mary’s story

Mary is a 54 year-old lady who came to see us regarding the lymphoedema in her left leg. Almost twenty years previously she had been diagnosed with cancer, and had both surgery and radiotherapy to the lymph glands at the top of her leg. This lead to lymphoedema of her left leg starting soon after her treatment. She had managed her lymphoedema with compression stockings in the years following her cancer treatment, but despite this the lymphoedema had progressed. She felt the leg was swollen and heavy, which made it difficult to walk meaning that she often tripped up. Also, she had suffered from cellulitis, and had blisters at the top of her leg that regularly leaked lymphatic fluid.

The full story

Mary consulted with Dominic and Sinclair at the Oxford Lymphoedema Practice. After listening to her story and concerns, they carefully examined her leg, and at the same consultation undertook ICG Lymphography which showed Mary the extent of damage to her lymphatic system, and guided the surgeons as to what treatment to recommend. The potential treatments were discussed with Mary, and she had plenty of time to discuss her options.

Mary decided to go ahead with LVA surgery. She came to the Manor Hospital in Oxford on the morning of her surgery, and underwent the operation under local anaesthetic (meaning she was awake during the procedure) with two surgeons operating at the same time. Her recovery afterwards was very rapid, and she was able to go home on the same day.

Mary’s recuperation was very straightforward, and she came back to clinic three months after the operation. Even at that early stage, the improvement was notable. The blisters had stopped leaking fluid and were healed, her leg was softer and lighter, and she had no episodes of cellulitis. Measurements showed an improvement in the size of her leg. At her six-month clinic follow-up appointment, things had improved even more with the size of her leg now very similar to the normal side. Mary’s ability to do normal activities, such as driving to work, was much improved, leading to a much better quality of life.



It would be impossible for me to fully explain the difference that the improvement in my Lymphedema has made to my quality of life so far - Thank you!



Please thank Mr Gore who saw me for his very helpful letter, it is good to know that there is somewhere to turn to for clarity on lymphoedema



I think the service you have given me has been the best medical experience I have ever had, the team is very professional but with a really great empathy for the patient which makes one feel very comfortable and cared for.



My left leg is still staying soft and maintaining a good shape. I have noticed a reduction in my thigh area recently just by looking!



The surgery has made a big difference to my mobility, which has enabled me to do things that I want to do. The pain has lessened, which has improved my quality of life. Everyone in the practice I've had contact with has been kind and understanding. They've worked hard to make things better for me.



Many thanks for your wonderful service. You've changed my life by correcting my painful lymphoedema. Coming to see you was the best thing. All my thanks for making such a difference to my and our lives.


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Understanding Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a disorder of the lymphatic system. This system is a natural circulation system in the body that helps to remove waste and cleanse the body. Often people only...

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