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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

Miss Anne Louise Dancey

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

FRCS(Plast), MBChB(Hons), MMedSci(Hons) and MCh(PASP)

BMI The Edgbaston Hospital 1 more BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Charles Evans

Consultant Colorectal and General surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MD, FRCS (gen. surg)

BMI The Meriden Hospital

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Mr Jason Smith

Consultant General Surgeon

MB, BS, MD, FRCS (General Surgery) DMI

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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Mr Christopher Gatzen

Consultant Laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeon

FRCS Ed, FRCS Gen Surg, FMGEMS

BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Stephen Derbyshire

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

MBChB, PGCert Med Sci, DOHNS, FRCS

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Jim McCourtney

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

BSc, MB ChB,FRCS (Glas),FRCS (Gen Surg), MD

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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