Lymphovenous Anastomosis (LVA)
Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis is one of the newest methods used to treat lymphedema. LVA’s require specialized training as well as special instruments and is now being offered at PRMA! The surgery is used for select patients that have lymphedema related to breast cancer treatment.
The surgery requires evaluation by one of our specialized reconstructive microsurgeons and a certified lymphedema therapist. Therapy is an integral part of the treatment and our surgeons work closely with the lymphedema therapists to optimize your outcome. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, treatment can significantly improve symptoms and improve quality of life!
LVA surgery is an outpatient 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 and patients are allowed to resume compression garments 2 weeks after surgery and allowed to resume lymphedema therapy treatment 6 weeks after surgery.
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.
You can learn more about other lymphedema surgery options HERE.
To see if you are a candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us at (800) 692-5565.