Lymphovenous Bypass (Lymphedema Prevention)
Our plastic surgeons work closely with your breast surgeons to reduce the chances that you will develop the debilitating symptoms associated with lymphedema, a common complication that follows the removal of lymph nodes. During the removal of lymph nodes by your breast surgeon, a fluorescent green dye is injected into the closest extremity. The lymphatic channels will glow, indicating where injury has occurred. Utilizing a specialized microscope, our plastic surgeons are able to re-route the lymphatic channel to different veins, restoring the flow of the lymphatic fluid and minimizing the risk of swelling in the affected extremity.