Liposuction for Lymphoedema

What is liposuction for lymphoedema?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removing fat. In patients with longstanding lymphoedema there are often fatty changes in the limb, which become resistant to compression garments and manual lymphatic drainage. Liposuction can remove these fatty deposits permanently. When performed alone, liposuction will result in immediate reduction in the size of the limb. However it is essential that you continue to wear compression garments, as the limb will swell again if compression is not maintained. For patients who have had a lymph node transfer then liposuction is an adjunctive procedure to achieve a final contour. It is possible that compression garments will not be required if the lymph nodes are fully functioning and have resolved the lymphoedema. The assessment of a lymphoedema nurse is essential to the process.

Anne Dancey

I hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or require a little more information then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Anne Dancey

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon FRCS(Plast), MBChB(Hons), MMedSci(Hons) and MCh(Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice)

Crisalix 3D Body Imaging

Anne is an exceptional surgeon but her expertise goes way beyond her skill with a scalpel…Anne has quite literally changed my life, physically and psychologically

Sherry Armstrong-Wilkinson, 7 Aug 2016
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