talk is about understanding
poor lymphatic function and
how, when we improve it,
we can actually help wounds heal.
One of the most important things
is to understand the difference between
lymphoedema and oedema.
On the left, we see lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema is when surgery or
some other process,
has damaged the lymphatic system.
Up to 80% of its functional capacity can be damaged,
and yet still, a lymphoedema or
a tissue swelling may not appear.
That´s because there is a large reserve capacity.
And you can see that clearly,
on the slide, on the left.
It´s only when the load becomes
greater than the transport,
that swelling will occur,
in that particular area.
If we look on the right side,
we see what oedema is.
Oedema is, when the lymphatic system,
even when it´s working at 100%,
can´t remove the weighting load.
So there is a vast difference between the two of them.
It´s important to understand that.
Before we look at
wound healing, we've
really got to understand
about the lymphatic system
and what its consequences are
when it's not working properly.
And there's all sorts of reasons
why it may be not working properly--
genetics, that is primary
radiotherapy; soft tissue damage;
or pressure on our lymphatic system.