Johnson, Chia-Shen Yang
Current Position
1. Director, International Supermicrosurgery Lymphedema Center
2. Associate professor and deputy director, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
3.Board directors, Taiwan Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Lymphatic Session

Topic: Key concept regarding supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenous anastomosis


Supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) is a bypass procedure which relieves lymphedema by diverting the excess lymph into the recipient vein in the lymphedematous limb. LVA has become the workhorse for lymphedema treatment for for its effectiveness and minimal invasiveness. Advances in the anatomical study of lymphatic system and new intraoperative discoveries have led to evolutionary changes in the concepts of LVA which will be presented. In addition, the concept about a localized lymphedema may lead to systemic deleterious systemic effects will also be discussed.