Summary: Vascular Lymph Node Transfer is a very specific type of surgery for a very particular type of patient. If you are suffering from lymphedema, it may be time to consider a Vascular Lymph Node Transfer.

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Vascular Lymph Node Transfer

If you are a breast cancer survivor, you may be curious as to what a “Vascular Lymph Node Transfer” even is. Well, it is a surgery to help cure lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition that can be caused by different treatments for breast cancer, namely axillary node dissections (removing lymph nodes from the armpit that may have cancer cells in them) and radiation therapy (sometimes used to kill cancer cells in the armpit.) If you have survived the worst of your cancer and are now experiencing lymphedema because of your treatment, there is a cure out there for you!

What to Expect from Your Lymph Node Transfer

Cures for lymphedema have been limited in the past, but now with Vascular Lymph Node Transfers you can rest assured that your suffering will come to an end. Vascularized lymph node transfer is an inpatient surgery that is performed with general anesthesia and usually takes between 4-6 hours to perform. The length of your surgery will depend on the amount of scar tissue you have, the extent of your disease and your individual anatomy.

It’s important to note that this is a surgical procedure that has been used for decades in Europe, but has only recently been introduced by a handful of microsurgery trained plastic surgeons in the United States. For example, the wonderful New Jersey breast surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery perform Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer often by harvesting 1-3 healthy lymph nodes from an unaffected place on your body and placing them into the damaged area. Over time, this will cure your lymphedema.

Know if You’re a Good Candidate

  • You have recently had breast cancer and have been diagnosed with lymphedema as a result
  • All scar tissue has fully matured and post operative edema has completely settled from your breast surgery (this process usually takes at least 6 months)
  • You are currently not receiving chemotherapy
  • You have persistent, debilitating pain in the arm/armpit area and nothing seems to be relieving it
  • You have had a number of infections due to lymphedema

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