There is no cure for lymphedema. Creating a treatment plan for lymphedema is a highly individualized process that focuses on reducing the swelling and preventing additional complications.
The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction’s Center for Lymphedema Surgery is recognized as a Lymphatic Disease Surgery Center of Excellence (COE) by the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN). Our advanced procedures for lymphedema have helped dramatically improve the lives of many of our patients. We specialize in the following lymphedema treatments:
Lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) is an advanced microsurgical procedure designed to create alternate routes for excess lymphatic fluid to exit the affected limb.
Free Lymph Node Transfer
During this procedure, lymph nodes are harvested from one area of the body and transferred to the area of lymph node deficiency, improving drainage of the affected limb. The lymph nodes are mapped prior to surgery to avoid causing lymphedema at the donor site.
Lymphedema liposuction is a minimally invasive technique in which we remove excess fat and scar tissue. This procedure is often done in conjunction with lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) or free lymph node transfer.
Lymphedema Mass Excision
Some patients have a large mass hanging from the inside or outside of their thigh which is related to lymphedema. This mass can be surgically removed, which makes it easier to walk and move your leg again.