Overview

Overview

Lymphedema is caused by damage, or less commonly, absence of the lymphatic system. Often occurring following cancer treatment, lymphedema may result in progressive swelling of a limb, the genitalia or head and neck. This swelling may limit function, cause discomfort, predispose to recurrent skin and soft tissue infection, and impact quite negatively on self-image. Those affected with lymphedema often spend hours per day managing their condition.

At the Cleveland Clinic we aim to provide the highest quality, compassionate, cutting edge care for patients with lymphedema and lymphatic dysfunction. Led by plastic surgeons with specialized expertise in microsurgical and supermicrosurgical reconstructive techniques, our multidisciplinary team is composed of certified lymphedema occupational and physical therapists , vascular medicine specialists , surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, bariatric surgeons and dermatologists.

At Cleveland Clinic we have developed one of the largest experiences in the nation focused on surgical prevention of lymphedema using lymphaticovenous bypass at the time of lymph node removal during cancer surgery.

Our lymphatic disease specialists are active investigators and educators who are engaged in surgical outcomes and quality of life research, development of new diagnostic and treatment approaches, and innovation of novel ways to improve care for those with lymphedema.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

Multidisciplinary Consultation

Lymphedema Therapist Consultation

Indocyanine Green (ICG) Lymphography

Bioimpedance Spectroscopy

Additional Studies  -  MRI, U/S, 3D Volumetry

Additional Personalized Consultation with Multidisciplinary Care Team Members

Pediatric Lymphedema

Treatment

Treatment

Surgical treatments for lymphedema have evolved and can provide significant improvement in form and function. Therapeutic lymphatic surgery now benefits those with early lymphatic dysfunction as well as those with late stage lymphedema.

Supermicrosurgery

Lymphaticovenous Bypass

Microsurgery

Vascularized Lymph Node Transplant

Vascularized Lymph Vessel Transplant

Combined VLNT/VLVT with Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction

Volume Reduction Surgery

Minimal Access Tissue Excision/ Liposuction

Excision of Skin Excess

Oncology Rehabilitation Services

Prevention

Prevention

Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction/LYMPHA

Reverse Lymphatic Mapping

Resources

Resources

National Lymphedema Network

The National Lymphedema Network’s mission is to empower our community of lymphedema practitioners and patients by providing educational opportunities, networking opportunities, and interventional resources.

Lymphatic Education & Resource Network

The Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1998 to fight lymphatic diseases and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy.

Appointments

Appointments

Please call 216.444.5415 if you would like to make an appointment with a Cleveland Clinic provider or have a patient to refer.