Lymphatic venous anastomosis

An attempt to re-create connections that naturally exist between the lymphatic system and the bloodstream in the areas where they have been disrupted by lymph node removal.

It is a microsurgical technique to create tiny shunts between lymphatic channels and blood vessels that carry fluid around the block areas.

Re-routed fluid is distributed into the bloodstream.

The technique is particularly effective in patients with early-stage lymphedema.

Can be used prophylactically in breast cancer patients to minimalize the risk of developing lymphedema by performing the procedure at the time of lumpectomy or mastectomy.

By using the procedure prophylactically, the risk of developing lymphedema can be lowered by 90%.

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