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The European Center for Lymphatic Surgery provides a multidisciplinary approach to lymphatic disorders and offers microsurgical approaches for lymphedema treatment.

Our Center aims to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from lymphedema through treatment, prevention, research, and education.

Overview of the condition
Lymphedema is characterized by the abnormal buildup of lymph fluid in the body's tissues, commonly resulting from damage to the lymph system due to surgery, radiation therapy, cancer, infection, or hereditary factors.
There are two types of lymphedema:
• Primary Lymphedema, present from birth, and
• Secondary Lymphedema occurs due to damage to the lymph system.
Common symptoms for both types include swelling, a feeling of heaviness, and changes in skin texture.

Treatment options
Lymphedema treatment includes manual lymph drainage, compression therapy, proper skin and nail care, and exercise.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a comprehensive approach combining these methods.
Surgical options are considered when conservative treatments are not effective.

Surgical treatments for lymphedema have evolved and can provide significant improvement in form and function. Therapeutic lymphatic surgery now benefits those with early lymphatic dysfunction as well as those with late-stage lymphedema.
The surgical options are:
• Immediate lymphatic reconstruction (ILR)
• Lymphaticovenous bypass (LVA)
• Vascularized lymph node transplant (VLNT)
• Vascularized lymph vessel transplant (VLVT)
• Combined VLNT/VLVT with microsurgical breast reconstruction
• Volume Reduction Surgery via Minimal Access Tissue Liposuction
• Excision of skin excess

Lifestyle considerations
Lifestyle adjustments, such as maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding activities that could exacerbate the condition, are crucial. Awareness of the risk of infection in the affected area is important, and steps should be taken to prevent it.

Emotional support and coping strategies for individuals living with lymphedema are fundamental. We are proud members of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), which offers excellent support and information.

In summary, lymphedema is a chronic condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to manage its physical and psychological impacts effectively. Our clinic aims to assist patients and caregivers in navigating the challenges of living with lymphedema.
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