For patients suffering from breast cancer-associated upper extremity lymphedema, a multidisciplinary approach through management by a certified lymphedema therapist in conjunction with surgical intervention has been shown to yield optimal outcomes. Lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) is one surgical option that may be an effective form of surgical treatment. The LVA procedure requires evaluation by one of our specialized reconstructive microsurgeons. In order to determine whether you are a candidate for an LVA procedure, our team must first perform a diagnostic study called ICG lymphangiography to identify locations of lymphatic flow blockage in the arm that would be circumvented during the LVA procedure.
As an outpatient surgical procedure, lymphatic channels are connected to nearby veins under a microscope. By altering the route for lymphatic fluid to return to the heart, lymphedema can be improved. Recovery time is 6 weeks of light activities. Patients are allowed to resume compression garments and can resume lymphedema therapy treatment 6 weeks after surgery.
Lymphedema physical therapy is an integral part of the treatment process and our surgeons work closely with lymphedema therapists to monitor and optimize your outcome. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, treatment can significantly improve symptoms and improve quality of life!
It is important for patients to know not all insurance providers cover this procedure and patients may be responsible for all surgeon, hospital, and anesthesia fees. At PRMA, we verify insurance coverage and obtain authorization prior to surgery so patients can be informed of their cost estimates up front. For easy financing options, Care Credit is available.
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