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I have post-mastectomy lymphedema. Is there an operation to fix this?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

There is no surgery to treat lymphedema.
It is caused by your breast surgery that disrupted the lymph vessels which drain fluid from your arm. Physical therapists who specialize in lymphedema treatment can improve your symptoms with massage, special sleeves that compress your arm and hand, and other techniques.

In brief: No

There is no surgery to treat lymphedema.
It is caused by your breast surgery that disrupted the lymph vessels which drain fluid from your arm. Physical therapists who specialize in lymphedema treatment can improve your symptoms with massage, special sleeves that compress your arm and hand, and other techniques.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
There are a series of procedures that can be performed to help with post mastectomy edema.
Dr. Kenneth Lee
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

There is a new technique we offer that uses microsurgery to transfer lymph nodes from one area to a draining basin that has been injured.
This has been shown to improve symptoms in patients who are affected by lymphedema. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/.

In brief: Maybe

There is a new technique we offer that uses microsurgery to transfer lymph nodes from one area to a draining basin that has been injured.
This has been shown to improve symptoms in patients who are affected by lymphedema. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/.
Dr. Kenneth Lee
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Lymphatic get overwhelmed by surgery will worsen the situation if any surgery done in that area.

In brief: No

Lymphatic get overwhelmed by surgery will worsen the situation if any surgery done in that area.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Richard Orr
Actually - a small number of surgeons are doing some experimental work in the area using microscopic lymphatic reconstruction. These are exremely specialized centers .
Dr. Vasu Brown
Thank you Dr. Orr for this info
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Lymphedema

There are some thoughts about how to treat post mastectomy lymphedema that need to be updated.
Lymphatic channels can be mapped using a fluorescent dye. This can identify where lymph channels can be bypassed if you to adjacent veins. Axillary scar contracture can be release during post mastectomy reconstruction. My preferred technique is to perform a diep flap lymph node transfer at the same time.

In brief: Lymphedema

There are some thoughts about how to treat post mastectomy lymphedema that need to be updated.
Lymphatic channels can be mapped using a fluorescent dye. This can identify where lymph channels can be bypassed if you to adjacent veins. Axillary scar contracture can be release during post mastectomy reconstruction. My preferred technique is to perform a diep flap lymph node transfer at the same time.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Dr. Robert Whitfield
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