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Topic: Vascularized Lymph Node Transfers for Lymphedema: Outcomes and Complications

A special issue of Plastic and Aesthetic Research

ISSN 2349-6150 (Online), ISSN 2347-9264 (Print)

Submission deadline: 15 May 2022

Guest Editor(s)

  • Prof. Justin M. Sacks
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

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  • Dr. Joani M. Christensen

    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

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Special Issue Introduction

Lymphedema is an underreported chronic and progressive condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While labor-intensive therapy and compression remain standard of care, new surgical options promise to decrease the incidence of secondary lymphedema and decrease the burden of lymphedema in select patients. Vascularized lymph node transfers are among these advanced surgical interventions. While preliminary reports illustrate the great potential of the technique, the field of lymph node transfer is an open frontier, with many unanswered questions regarding specific indications, algorithm for flap choice, surgical technique, and postoperative management. In this special issue, we address some of these unresolved questions, including patient selection, donor site selection, skin paddle inclusion, and level of transfer, with many experts in the field.


Lymphedema, vascularized lymph node transfer, flap choice algorithm, postoperative management, skin paddle inclusion, level of transfer

Submission Deadline

15 May 2022

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