Results of Liposuction for Lymphedema
In this study from Shaverien et al (2012), long term follow up five years after surgery was conducted for 12 patients who had underwent liposuction to treat lymphedema of the upper extremities. Lymphedema of the upper limb(s) is a common complication of axillary surgery for breast cancer. The following results were obtained:
“The mean duration of lymphoedema was seven years (range, 1-14), commencing at a mean of one year (range, 0-5) after axillary surgery. The mean excess arm volume at admission was 1391 ml and the ratio of the lymphoedematous to the unaffected arm was 1·48. The mean total aspirate volume was 1713 ml, of which 87 percent was fat. At one year the mean percentage volume reduction compared with the normal arm was 101 percent, meaning that the volume of both of patients’ arms was virtually equivalent, and this reduction was stable with up to 5 years of follow-up. Postoperatively there were reductions in anxiety (p < 0.05) and depression scores, and an improvement in overall well-being.” Therefore, the authors concluded that these first 5 years after liposuction in combination with application of compression garments, has demonstrated significant and reproducible reduction of upper limb edema which has remained stable. In addition, improvement of overall well-being was measured showing a reduction in anxiety and depression after treatment.
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