Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

Lymphedema and Lipedema Networks in Europe

About us

My name is Horst Rothhardt. As a social security specialist I worked for a health insurance company in the field.

The LymphNetzwerk has existed for over 19 years. The number of visitors from abroad has increased strongly, therefore the LymphNetzwerk has been adapted to the European visits. Due to the constantly growing content, the LymphNetzwerk has become one of the most visited medical portals for edema, veins and wound diseases for patients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. And as far as I know also in Europe. The LymphNetzwerk is neutral and impartial.

In 2000 I started with the idea to create a website for oedema patients. As a suitable name the name LymphNetzwerk appeared to me because it should be a network of physicians, therapists and medical supply stores for edema, veins and wound patients. The website was created and went online.

In 2004, the Oedema Forum was created with doctors from lymph clinics and other experts in the Forum. The Oedema Forum has grown enormously in the following years, has over 8700 members and is the largest and most visited forum for lymphedema, lipedema, veins and wounds in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2009 saw the creation of a database with around 28,000 addresses of doctors, (phlebology, lymphology) medical supply stores, lymph therapists and pharmacies. 

In 2010, the website was converted to a content management system (MODX was chosen as CMS) and adapted to the state of the art. The site also received a new fresh design. In addition, the LymphNetzwerk website was expanded to include veins and wounds. The site was adapted to the increased requirements.

Facebook and YouTube were added in 2013. (the YouTube channel already has over 2.9 million visitors and over 2,500 subscribers), and Facebook is also well visited. Today LymphNetzwerk and ÖdemForum have about 3 million visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Another part of the visitors comes from other European countries and from overseas. All pages are well visited (LymphNetzwerk, ÖdemForum, YouTube and Facebook etc.) and together have about 5.8 million visitors.

In 2013 my wife joined us, who has been (un)retired since then. She worked as a medical device consultant for a large medical device manufacturer in the field of phlebology and orthopaedics. Today we work together on the pages, also because that alone is no longer manageable. In the meantime we also have a lot done about an agency, also in the forum we have an expert who helps us with the technology which is becoming more and more complex.

In 2016 the LymphNetzwerk was extended by a Europe page. Here all known lymph networks from Europe were published.

In 2017 the website LymphNetzwerk was completely renewed. Latest software, new design, new image gallery etc. Also the database was renewed. Nearly all addresses have been revised and updated. Also the forum was completely renewed, it also got the newest software - version, also the design of the forum was adapted to the LymphNetzwerk.

2018 The database was extended by approx. 22,000 pharmacies.

The LymphNetzwerk is neutral, therefore we do not make any recommendations, also for legal reasons. Therefore we do not answer any questions. In the interest of our partners and visitors, we refrain from advertising of any kind in the LymphNetwork and in the forum. If you want to present your company with your products in the LymphNetzwerk please write an email to


Mrs Philipp handles all our foreign correspondence and takes care of our translations. Her friendly open nature and quick reactions also play part in helping to promote the international establishment of our network.

If you have any questions and do not speak German, write to our translator Ms Adelheid Philipp, who will be able to answer you in EnglishSpanish, Italian: and will write back to you as soon as possible. 

Adelheid Philipp - 

Translations / interpreting in the languages
English / Italian / Spanish
Bürgermeister-Peters-Str. 20 - D 37154 Northeim/Germany
Phon. +49 (0)5551-99 63 759