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Lymph node transfer surgery

Do you suffer from lymphoedema? Lymph node transfer surgery is a relatively new and exciting option for the management of lymphoedema.

What is lymph node transfer? 

Lymph node transfer surgery is a relatively new and exciting option for the management of lymphoedema.

If lymph nodes are surgically removed, or irradiated as part of cancer treatment this can result in marked swelling of the upper or lower limb. This occurs most frequently in gynaecological or breast cancer treatment. Until recently there have been no surgical techniques shown to consistently improve lymphatic drainage. It is now possible to transfer spare lymph nodes with their blood supply from the groin area. This can improve or cure the arm or leg lymphoedema.

Are there any risks or side effects involved?

There is minimal risk of swelling to the lower limb where the spare nodes are harvested from.

If the lymph nodes are used in isolation then they are harvested with a supplying artery and vein which is plumbed into vessels in the vicinity where they are being transplanted.

There are minimal side effects from harvesting the nodes and most importantly there is no risk of lower limb lymphoedema. However, all risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your treating consultant prior to the procedure.

Specialists Offering Lymph node transfer surgery

Mr Aruna Munasinghe

Consultant General Surgeon with a Special Interest in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery

MBBS, BSc, ChM, FRCS (Gen Surg)

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr John Simpson

Consultant General Surgeon

MBchB PHD FRCS_x000D_  

BMI The Duchy Hospital

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Mr Stephen Derbyshire

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon


BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Sasindran Ramar

Consultant General, Upper GI, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon


BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Mr Ben Hornung

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCS

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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