ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Surgical treatment of lower extremity lymphedema with subcutaneous implantation of silicone tubing
Deniz Çevirme1, Ahmet Zengin1, Evrim Abamor2, Hasan Sunar1, Mehmet Kaan Kırali1
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kartal Koşuyolu High Specialization Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye
2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar City Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2022.22554
A 65-year-male patient was admitted to our clinic with swollen, painful, and wound discharge of lower extremity. There was widespread edema, skin infection, and lymphangitis secondary Stage 3 lymphedema below the knee. In addition to conventional treatment methods, lymphatic artificial pathway creation was used with subcutaneous implantation of silicone tubing. In conclusion, subcutaneous implantation of silicone tubing is a new technique that can be applied in advanced stage lymphedema patients, which increases the effectiveness of compression therapy.
Keywords : Lymphatic vessels, lymphedema, silicone tube
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