Vascularized lymph node transfer surgery

What is Vascularized lymph node transfer surgery?

Vascularized lymph node transfer surgery meaning This is an intricate microsurgical procedure used to treat patients with advanced lymphedema affecting the skin tissue in the arms or legs. The plastic surgeons transfer working lymph nodes from another part of the body, typically the upper groin or lower abdomen, to the damaged site and then divide the existing blood vessels that supply the nodes and connect them at the site where the lymph nodes are needed. Reverse lymphatic mapping is used to reduce the chance of lymphedema occurring in the areas where lymph nodes were harvested.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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