Dr. David Light was the guest speaker at the Huntington Hospital Breast Conference this week. Huntington Hospital, a member of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), conducts ongoing conferences for its medical staff to keep them educated on the most current research and trends breast health.
Dr. Light presented to a room full of oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, and physiatrists. He and the other plastic surgeons at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC care for many of these medical professionals' breast cancer and reconstruction patients. The topic of his presentation was on Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT), a new treatment for lymphedema, an unfortunately known complication from cancer, surgical removal of lymph nodes, or radiation therapy.
One of a few surgeons in the country performing the procedure, Dr. Light introduced the attendees to a novel surgical solution for lymphedema, Vascularized Lymph Node Transfers. This microsurgical procedure harvests a healthy lymph nodes and their blood vessels and transfers them to the affected area in order to decrease swelling, reduce daily compression requirements, and potentially eliminate the disease.
The group reviewed the modalities and results of VLNT compared with those of commonly accepted therapies for lymphedema treatment, such as manual drainage and compression bandaging. It was clear that the long-term results of VLNT with appropriate patients were very encouraging, and the group agreed to continue the discussion and educate their patients.
Image: illustration of lymphatic system under the arm and breast