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Patient Selection for Vascularized Lymph Node Transfers

Huntington Hospital Breast Conference

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Dr. David LightDr. David Light spoke 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 in breast health. As leaders in the medical community, Dr. Light and his Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC partners are often invited to speak to Huntington’s medical staff about advances in plastic surgery and breast health.

Presenting to a room full of oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, and radiologists, Dr. Light expanded upon a previous presentation about a new treatment for lymphedema, Vascularized Lymph Node Transfers (VLNT). One of a few surgeons in the country performing the procedure, Dr. Light reintroduced the attendees to VLNT. This microsurgical procedure takes healthy lymph nodes and their blood vessels and transfers it to the affected area in order to decrease swelling, reduce daily compression requirements, and potentially eliminate the disease.

Dr. Light stressed that patient selection is critical to achieving successful outcomes. In theory, anyone with lymphedema is a potential candidate for these microsurgical procedures, but the best results have been seen in patients with early-stage lymphedema. Additionally, patients with active cancer or receiving cancer treatments are not good candidates for the surgery.

After reviewing recent literature on the topic, Dr. Light fielded a lively Q&A session.

Photo: Dr. David Light


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