FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Dr Conrad Pienaar Email manager@conradpienaar.co.za

Vincent Pallotti Hospital (H/O)

Suite 207, The Park

Park Road, Pinelands

Cape Town

8001

Tel +27 21 510 8534/2546 

After hours +27 76 8128559

Fax +27 866264376 

Life West Coast Private Hospital

22 Voortrekker Road

Vredenburg

7380

Tel +27 022 719 1353
After hours +27 76 8128559 

Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital

Suite 1508

DF Malan Street

Foreshore

8001

Tel +27 21 3001493

LYMPHEDEMA

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a type of swelling that occurs in one or both of your arms or legs. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of, or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. More rarely, it is caused by an inherited abnormality of the lymphatic channels but it may also be caused and worsened by infection.

 

What can I expect?

Surgery, in conjunction with other lymphedema reduction treatments such as lymphatic drainage physiotherapy and compression therapy, is helpful especially when used in the early-stage of the disease. 

 

Both vascularised lymph node transfer (the transplantation of a normal lymph node to treat lymphedema) done on small blood vessels, or a lympho-venous bypass (connecting a lymph vessel in the affected limb to a nearby vein to bypass the damaged area and restore the flow of lymph fluid back to the venous system) using super-microsurgery can be used for the treatment of lymphedema, depending on your individual needs.

 

How is the surgery performed?

This specialised and intricate surgery is performed under general anaesthesia using specialised instruments and microscopes.

 

What can I expect?
A hospital stay of two to three days is usually required.