Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V11160788
Surgical treatment for lymphoedema
Lymphoedema is a frequent condition after surgical treatment for breast cancer. Lymphoedema causes great discomfort for the patients and is primarily treated conservatively with compression garments and physical therapy. Recently, surgical interventions have gained popularity in the form of lympho-lymphatic anastomoses, lympho-venous anastomoses and autologous lymph node transplantation, either as stand-alone treatment or in combination with secondary breast reconstruction. In Denmark, lympho-venous anastomoses is currently the primary surgical treatment for lymphoedema.