Diane is a 44 year-old lady who came to see us regarding the lymphoedema in her left arm. Two years previously she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and had both surgery and radiotherapy to the lymph glands in her left armpit. Her arm was fine until just a couple of months before her appointment at the Oxford Lymphoedema Practice, when she noticed pain and swelling. She had been to see a lymphoedema practitioner and been fitted with a compression sleeve, but wanted to explore other treatment options.
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Diane and her husband came to a consultation with Alex at the Oxford Lymphoedema Practice. Alex listened to her medical history and discussed both why lymphoedema happens, and Diane’s concerns regarding the future. He then carefully examined and measured Diane’s arm. This showed mild lymphoedema with a small amount of swelling. Diane then underwent ICG Lymphography, which demonstrated the lymphoedema, and guided Alex’s treatment recommendation. Diane and her husband then had an opportunity to discuss the operation, recovery, and likely outcomes.
Diane decided to go ahead with LVA surgery. She underwent the operation under local anaesthetic (meaning she was awake during the procedure), with both Alex and Dominic operating on her arm at the same time. This meant her operation proceeded rapidly, and she was able to go home on the same day.
Diane’s post-operative recovery was simple, and she was reviewed in clinic three months after the operation. She was already showing improvement in how her arm felt, and her measurements showed that her left arm was slightly smaller than her right arm. After six months, she began to gradually reduce the amount of time she wore her compression sleeve. When she was last seen in clinic two years after her surgery, her arm remained smaller than the right side, despite her not wearing a compression sleeve. Diane feels that the operation has transformed her life, giving her renewed hope for a bright future free from swelling.
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Lymphoedema is a disorder of the lymphatic system. This system is a natural circulation system in the body that helps to remove waste and cleanse the body. Often people only...
Show how lymphoedema surgery at Oxford Lymphedema Practice can be life-changing. Please note that the names of our patients have been changed to protect their confidentiality.
Our surgeons have pioneered LVA, VLNT, SAPL & SAPL supermicrosurgery for lymphoedema in the UK, performing these operations since 2012.