After breast cancer treatment, the body may experience many unique challenges. Mastectomy or tumor removal can often result in lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arms. To combat this condition, Dr. Zampell can perform treatments to address lymphedema known as lymph node transfer or lymphovenous bypass. These surgeries cannot cure lymphedema and are less effective for advanced stages of the disease but may be used along with other therapies to reduce symptoms and disease progression. This is a complex and delicate surgery, performed only by the most meticulously detailed and skilled reconstruction surgeons.
What are the advantages of lymphedema surgery?
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Minimized risk of infection
- Decrease in painful swelling
Who is the ideal candidate?
As with most surgeries, the patient must be in good mental and physical health without any major medical issue to contend with that would interfere with recovery. Dr. Zampell will perform a detailed physical analysis to determine the best treatment options for your lymphedema. She will then explain each of these techniques to you in depth, so that you leave your consultation fully informed and empowered, and ready for the next step in your medical journey.