Lymphovenous Anastomosis (LVA)
Lymphovenous Anastomosis involves making connections between non-functioning lymphatic channels in the affected limb and nearby veins within the same extremity.
Lymphedema is a debilitating condition that is most commonly caused from the surgical treatment of cancers in the Western World. There are several stages of the disease and current management aims at preventing the late stages of lymphedema which are irreversible. The disrupted lymphatic system is creates excessive fluid within the limb. With the new lymphatic connection to the venous system via LVA surgery, the lymphatic fluid fluid is returned to the circulatory system. It is often the first line surgical therapy offered to patients who have lymphedema that is non-amenable to conservative measures. However, not every patient is a candidate for a LVA procedure and for these patients other surgery methods may be offered when appropriate.