Lymphnode Transfer for Lymphedema
Treatment of breast cancer often involves surgery and radiation therapy of axillary lymphnodes. This can result in lymphedema of the arm. Medical literature reports that 9-20% of all patients treated for breast cancer develop lymphedema, most of them due to scarring of the axilla. Scarring reduces the lymphatic flow.
Most cases are treated conservatively by compression garments and lymphatic drainage. However, newly developed surgical techniques can relieve symptoms of lymphedema. First the axilla is freed from inner scars, then a few lymphnodes taken from other parts of the body (groin or opposite axilla) are microsurgically transferred. This technique does not cure lymphedema completely but it can help to alleviate the symptoms, such as pain, swelling and recurrent infections.
If you are interested to learn more about this technique please ask for a consultation with us.