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Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNTx)
VASCULARIZED LYMPH NODE TRANFER (VLNTx)
Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNTx) is a surgical procedure that is performed with the goal of accomplishing the following functional improvements:
VLNTx IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
VLNTx is a microsurgical procedure in which healthy lymph nodes are transferred from a low-risk lymph node basin (such as in the groin) into a limb that is severely affected with lymphedema. Most commonly the recipient area is in the feet.
During this procedure a lymph node with its attached artery, vein, and fatty tissue is transferred to either the axilla (arm pit) or the groin (abdomen).
UNDER GENERAL ANESTHETIC
Post-operatively care may be necessary for several months; however, improvement in soft tissue swelling may be seen sooner in many patients.
This improvement, which varies from one patient to another, usually consists of a decreases in:
@ Copyright Lymph Notes 2014. This information does not replace the opinion of a knowledgeable physician.
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