FLO System – Lymphedema Surgery Information

Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer Surgery (VLNT) can be an effective surgical treatment for lymphedema for both arms and legs. Lymph nodes are transferred with a feeding artery and vein to replace lymph nodes lost to surgery and/or radiation. This procedure can be performed together with a DIEP flap breast reconstruction but may be performed as a small flap of lymph nodes and surrounding tissue only.
Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis (LVA) is a surgical treatment for lymphedema of the arms and legs. Lymphatic vessels are connected directly to veins in the affected area to allow lymphatic drainage to occur. This is the least invasive type of lymphedema surgery and carries the lowest risk. It is usually performed as one or more small procedures where the patient goes home the day of the surgery or stays no more than one night in the hospital.
Suction Assisted Protein Lipectomy (SAPL) is very effective in reducing the solid excess fat and protein material found in more advanced and long-standing cases of lymphedema. SAPL is very different from the cosmetic liposuction typically used for remove fat during aesthetic procedures.