Future Perspectives in Lymphatic Microsurgery

Ming Huei Cheng, David W. Chang, Ketan M. Patel

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The surgical and microsurgical treatment of lymphedema is rapidly evolving with new technology of diagnostic devices, new surgical techniques, improved outcome reporting, and descriptions of more effective treatment strategies. Moving forward within the subspecialty, a thorough understanding of previous developmental milestones related to lymphatic anatomy, basic science research, diagnosis, and multimodal treatment will help to refine future development pathways. The future is bright for lymphedema surgery and microsurgery. As we continue to explore the innovations of this ever-growing subspecialty, organized consensus regarding patient selection, staging/grading systems, surgical techniques, and outcome reporting will be obligatory in order to ensure patient safety and reproducibility of outcomes. Increased technological advances related to effective perioperative clinical care and postoperative follow-up will allow surgeons to deliver more effective results through preoperative work-ups and delicate surgical executions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Lymphedema Surgery, Second Edition
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780323694186
ISBN (Print)9780323694209
StatePublished - 01 01 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Lymphatic microsurgery
  • lymphovenous anastomosis
  • vascularized lymph node transfer


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