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Why Lymphatic Massage Is Important Pre And Post-Surgery

Wondering what lymphatic massages are, and why you should consider it pre and post-surgery? Here’s the answer.

What is a lymphatic massage?

If you are preparing for surgery or recovering after one, lymphatic massage is a brilliant option for you. Lymphatic massages have numerous benefits pre and post-surgery. But are you wondering what lymphatic massage is? Your lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. It helps eliminate your body’s waste. However, fluids can build up in your lymph system and nodes due to surgery, medical conditions or other damage. This condition is known as lymphedema. Symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • Pain
  • Skin discoloration
  • Tissue swelling
  • Heaviness in the limbs
  • Weakness
  • Hardening or thickening of the skin
  • Recurring infections

Lymphatic massages can accelerate the absorption and transportation of lymphatic fluids and treat lymphedema pre and post-surgery.

What are the benefits of a lymphatic massage pre and post-surgery?

A lymphatic massage has a lot of benefits pre and post-surgery, including:

  • Transport and removal of stagnant fluids
  • Accelerated lymphatic flow
  • Reduced swelling
  • Healthy immune system
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced water retention
  • Physical and mental relaxation

Why should you get a lymphatic massage before surgery?

If you are preparing for surgery, your doctor might suggest lymphatic massage pre-surgery. A lymphatic massage is recommended prior to surgery as it helps prepare your body for the surgical procedure. The massage stimulates the lymph vessels of your lymphatic system to remove waste products, bacteria, viruses, excess proteins, excess fluid and any other unwanted substances from your body. This optimizes the cellular environment in the area of the body being treated. Pre-surgery lymphatic massage can also help reduce the risk of post-surgical complications such as infection, excessive swelling, bruising and formation of scar tissue. Another plus point? After the massage, surgeons find it easier to make an incision through clean, well-drained tissue. For best results, we recommend one to three sessions before surgery.

Why should you get a lymphatic massage after surgery?

Lymphatic massage is beneficial both pre and post-surgery. However, it is crucial that you get a lymphatic massage after the surgical procedure as it speeds up the recovery. Swelling is one of the most common side effects of surgery. It is a normal inflammatory response and a part of your body’s healing process as fluid rushes to the area to nourish it with white blood cells. Lymphatic massage prevents fluid build-up post-surgery and flushes it out of the body. This leads to a reduction in swelling and bruising. The massage also prevents fibrosis (development of scar tissue under the skin). Additionally, lymphatic drainage massage after the surgery has a calming effect on the nervous system. As a result, it speeds up the recovery process by activating the natural healing mechanisms of your body.You can receive a lymphatic massage within days of surgery. We recommend a massage every two to three days for the first two weeks post-surgery.

Does lymphatic massage have any side effects?

After the massage, you may experience some mild side effects like:

  • Increased urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Where to get lymphatic massage pre and post-surgery?

If you want to try lymphatic massage, check out Pressotherapy at Biolite. Whether you want to prepare your body for an upcoming surgery or speed up your recovery, our team will ensure that you have the best experience. For optimum results, the intensity and frequency of the lymphatic massage are tailored according to your individual needs. To learn more about the treatment, you can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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