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Oedema

Oedema is an accumulation of fluid or swelling of tissues or organs due to the increasing amount of fluid around the cells. The connective tissue, or subcutaneous tissue, is particularly susceptible to absorbing extra fluid. Oedema can be localised, for example in case of an inflammation, but it can also occur in the whole body.

Oedema can lead to various complaints or restrictions in movement. This is why it is important to use proper treatment. Oedema is an anomaly that can occur with many different diseases and the most appropriate treatment depends entirely on the cause.

Frequently asked questions about oedema
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Types Oedema

There are different types of oedema:

Lipoedema literally means fat and fluid accumulation. It is a painful, chronic disease. Lipoedema is a disorder in the production of adipose tissue that mainly occurs in women. Lipoedema involves large amounts of unevenly distributed fat under the skin, mainly localized on the hips, thighs, knees and lower legs.

Lymphoedema is an accumulation of waste products and fluid in the tissue just under the skin. Lymphoedema is caused by the lymphatic system not being able to drain fluid properly. The lymphatics and/or lymph nodes are damaged or blocked.

Venous oedema is the result of a malfunctioning blood drainage system in the blood vessels, this is also called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The blood is insufficiently drained, which increases the pressure in the venous (draining) system. The increased pressure in the blood vessels can lead to various complaints, one of which is venous oedema.

Treatments against Oedema

Depending on the additional symptoms and movement restrictions, a personal treatment plan is drawn up for each patient. Here, integral oedema therapy is applied by means of:

Frequently Asked Questions

Oedema

Lymphoedema (primary and secondary lymphoedema), lipoedema or venous oedema (CVI) are the most common types of oedema treated at Huidzorg West. In addition to these types of oedema, there is sometimes angioedema, oedema around the heart (cardiac oedema) or cycle oedema (increase in fluid during menstrual periods).

Depending on the type of symptoms, the GP or specialist can determine whether oedema is present and what type of oedema it is. Would you like to know more about the different types of oedema and corresponding symptoms?

Depending on the additional symptoms and movement restrictions, a personal treatment plan is drawn up for each patient. Here, integral oedema therapy is applied by means of:

Oedema therapy treatments are subject to a specific regulation. Each health insurance company has a fixed rate for these therapies.

In the event of a chronic diagnosis, the first 20 treatments are covered by the supplementary package; from the 21st treatment, the treatments are reimbursed by the basic health insurance.If there is no supplementary insurance, the first 20 treatments are at your own expense, after which a claim can be made under the basic insurance.

Should you have already made a claim on your supplementary package or have used up the maximum number of treatments, because you have had other forms of therapy (physio, exercise) for example, the oedema therapy may also be at your own expense. We recommend that you contact your health insurance company as a matter of course.

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