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Lymphatic Surgery to Prevent Lymphedema (LYMPHA)

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the swelling and discomfort that can occur as a result of breast surgery. When the lymph nodes in the armpit are removed or disrupted, lymph fluid may not flow properly through the body, backing up and creating swelling that usually appears in the hand, arm, breast, or torso. It most commonly occurs after an axillary dissection (i.e. removal of lymph nodes from the arm pit region) and radiation.

Traditionally, lymphedema has been managed with conservative treatment. That treatment includes manual lymphatic drainage, which is a kind of massage technique specifically designed to improve lymphatic circulation.

Other conservative treatments include wearing compression garments, such as arm sleeves, to help minimize swelling and discomfort.

While the most common symptom of lymphedema is swelling, it may present early on with a sense of tightness or heaviness in the affected arm. Achiness or decreased mobility at elbow joint or finger joints may be present as well. It’s important to contact a doctor as soon as you experience any potential symptoms of lymphedema.

Prevention techniques for lymphedema, such as the innovative new LYMPHA procedure, are now gaining popularity as they continue to demonstrate their effectiveness.

Preventive Surgery (LYMPHA)


The LYMPHA procedure is an innovative surgery that can help prevent lymphedema from developing. This advanced microsurgical procedure restores lymph flow and is usually performed at the same time as a mastectomy.

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