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Lymph node transfer surgery

Do you suffer from lymphoedema? Lymph node transfer surgery is a relatively new and exciting option for the management of lymphoedema.

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What is lymph node transfer? 

Lymph node transfer surgery is a relatively new and exciting option for the management of lymphoedema.

If lymph nodes are surgically removed, or irradiated as part of cancer treatment this can result in marked swelling of the upper or lower limb. This occurs most frequently in gynaecological or breast cancer treatment. Until recently there have been no surgical techniques shown to consistently improve lymphatic drainage. It is now possible to transfer spare lymph nodes with their blood supply from the groin area. This can improve or cure the arm or leg lymphoedema.

Are there any risks or side effects involved?

There is minimal risk of swelling to the lower limb where the spare nodes are harvested from.

If the lymph nodes are used in isolation then they are harvested with a supplying artery and vein which is plumbed into vessels in the vicinity where they are being transplanted.

There are minimal side effects from harvesting the nodes and most importantly there is no risk of lower limb lymphoedema. However, all risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your treating consultant prior to the procedure.

Specialists offering Lymph node transfer surgery

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Mr Khurram Siddique

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, MS (Kent), FCPS, FRCS Ed

The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Abdulzahra Hussain

Upper GI/Bariatric

MBCHB, FRCSEng, FRCSI, FRCS(GS), FEBS(Gen.Surg), FICMS(Gen.Surg)

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr John Simpson

Consultant General Surgeon

MBchB PHD FRCS_x000D_  

The Duchy Hospital

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Mr Stuart Gould

Consultant Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCS (Gen), ATLS

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Harpaul Flora

Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon

MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Gen Surg)

The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Jim McCourtney

Consultant General Colorectal Surgeon

BSc, MB ChB,FRCS (Glas),FRCS (Gen Surg), MD

Ross Hall Hospital

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