All over the Lymphie community, there are individuals talking about surgery options. So what is the deal with all the acronyms and types of surgery?
I went to a Lymphatic Surgery talk with the incredible cosmetic surgeon Mr Amar Ghattaura in conjunction with Lymphoedema Network Wales and Spire Hospitals. Wales is the only country to offer surgery on the NHS… as well as privately.
The first thing to note… NOT EVERYONE IS SUITABLE FOR SURGERY. IT IS NOT A MAGIC FIX/ CURE.
There are 3 main surgeries surrounding Lymphoedema:
LVA (Lymphovenous Anastomosis)
LNT (Lymph Node Transfer)
Is a a form of supermicrosurgery where you join your lymphatic vessel to your vein. Essentially it therefore unblocks the blockage. It is minimally invasive. Best candidates have early stages of Lymphoedema (No fibrosis), generally medically fit and have realistic expectations. It is performed with local anaesthetic and you can expect 2cm scars.
Suitable for Secondary patients rather than Primary. A form of microsurgery where nodes are moved from one part of your body to another part where nodes have been removed. Great for volume reduction.
A form of cosmetic surgery. This removes tissue to reduce the limb volume. Suitable for those who are not suitable for the other 2 surgical options. Only unilateral liposuction is available on the NHS. Bilateral is available as private.
We were informed that initial consultations determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery. In Spire Cardiff, the initial consultation is around £375. This is for the scan of your vessels. Surgery for LVA (if not suitable for NHS option is around £13,000). Both NHS and Private patients receive the same care.
Hope this has helped to debunk.
Lots of Love
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