Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT)

Our surgeons also offer leading-edge lymphedema treatment with documented outcomes and are leaders in the Southeast region for the volume of lymphedema surgeries. 

This revolutionary treatment is called Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT).

VLNT offers hope when your lymphedema symptoms have not improved with regular therapy. This reconstructive procedure offers complete or near-complete elimination of lymphedema. VLNT is a microsurgical procedure that transfers healthy lymph nodes to areas affected by lymphedema.

Using a microscope and miniature instruments to perform the procedure, it involves the harvesting and transferring of healthy lymph nodes and vessels from a viable donor site on your body to the affected limb.

The revolutionary vascularized lymph node transfer has shown promising long-term results for many of our patient. Following the procedure, patients typically show a significant reduction and even eliminate lymphedema symptoms, including: 

  • A feeling of lightness in the affected limb
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced pain, swelling and tightness in the arm

Many patients begin to see symptom improvement within one to two months following the surgery. Maximum results are achieved within two years.

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons are among only a handful of surgeons in the country and the first in Florida to perform this revolutionary microsurgery, VLNT.  

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Other Lymphedema Treatments

Suction Assisted Protein Lipectomy (SAPL)

For some patients with advanced disease and a higher “solid” component to his/her lymphedema, this procedure which involves liposuction can help reduce the extremity volume and ultimately help reduce infections

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Lymphovenous Bypass (LVBP)

We also offer lymphovenous bypass in conjunction with VLNT.

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Lymphedema Rehabilitation

Our multidisciplinary team of inpatient and outpatient occupational therapists and physical therapists work closely with your surgeon to help you heal before and after surgery. 

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