Before Microsurgical Lymphedema Treatment– testing requirements
Several diagnostic tests may be required in order to determine if you are a candidate for micro-surgical lymphedema surgery. Lymphoscintigraphy may be required prior to your appointment with the surgeon. We can assist you in locating a diagnostic facility closer to your home to receive this testing. Lymphoscintigraphy requires the injection of a radioactive tracer into all 4 limbs in order to visualize the flow of lymph. The procedure is painless and takes anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the speed of lymph movement in the body. Additional tests may include: volumetry, tonometry, lab work, skin physiology, cardiology examination with EKG and echocardiography, testing of the thorax, venous and arterial echography, MRI and testing with a Photo Dynamic Eye (PDE). Required tests vary by location and surgeon.
The outcome of the testing and physical assessment will determine if there is a fair chance of symptom improvement with lymphedema surgery. micro-surgical lymphedema treatment involves shunting the lymph system to the venous system, thereby enhancing drainage.
What can you expect prior to Micro-surgical Lymphedema Treatment?
Patients undergo a period of intensive Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) in order to produce optimal condition of the limb involved. This conservative treatment includes a combination of manual lymph drainage, compression therapy and bandaging. If this intensive time of CDT does not significantly improve the condition of the limb, a microsurgical intervention will be considered.
Options for quality lymphedema treatment include:
- Micro-surgical Lymphedema Treatment
- Micro-surgical Lymphedema Treatment in the U.S.
- Micro-surgical Lymphedema Treatment in Belgium
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