Liposuction Treatment of Lymphedema

Mark V Schaverien, D Alex Munnoch, Håkan Brorson

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    Abstract

    In the Western world, lymphedema most commonly occurs following treatment of cancer. Limb reductions have been reported utilizing various conservative therapies including manual lymph and pressure therapy, as well as by microsurgical reconstruction involving lymphovenous shunts and transplantation of lymph vessels or nodes. Failure of these conservative and surgical treatments to provide complete reduction in patients with long-standing pronounced lymphedema is due to the persistence of excess newly formed subcutaneous adipose tissue in response to slow or absent lymph flow, which is not removed in patients with chronic non-pitting lymphedema. Traditional surgical regimes utilizing bridging procedures, total excision with skin grafting, or reduction plasty seldom achieved acceptable cosmetic and functional results. Liposuction removes the hypertrophied adipose tissue and is a prerequisite to achieve complete reduction, and this reduction is maintained long-term through constant (24 h) use of compression garments postoperatively. This article describes the techniques and evidence basis for the use of liposuction for treatment of lymphedema.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-47
    Number of pages6
    JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
    Volume32
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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    Lipectomy
    Lymphedema
    Lymph
    Western World
    Skin Transplantation
    Clothing
    Subcutaneous Fat
    Therapeutics
    Cosmetics
    Adipose Tissue
    Extremities
    Transplantation
    Pressure
    Neoplasms
    Conservative Treatment

    Keywords

    • adipose tissue
    • fat
    • liposuction
    • lymphedema

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    Schaverien, M. V., Munnoch, D. A., & Brorson, H. (2018). Liposuction Treatment of Lymphedema. Seminars in Plastic Surgery, 32(1), 42-47. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0038-1635116
    Schaverien, Mark V ; Munnoch, D Alex ; Brorson, Håkan. / Liposuction Treatment of Lymphedema. In: Seminars in Plastic Surgery. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 42-47.
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    Schaverien, MV, Munnoch, DA & Brorson, H 2018, 'Liposuction Treatment of Lymphedema', Seminars in Plastic Surgery, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 42-47. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0038-1635116

    Liposuction Treatment of Lymphedema. / Schaverien, Mark V; Munnoch, D Alex; Brorson, Håkan.

    In: Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Vol. 32, No. 1, 02.2018, p. 42-47.

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