MUSC Advanced Breast Reconstruction program

Managing Lymphedema

A long-term issue some breast cancer survivors contend with is a chronic swelling under the arm called lymphedema, which is caused by the removal of lymph nodes during mastectomy. Because our plastic surgeons are accomplished at microsurgical techniques, they can transfer lymph nodes from other parts of the body to alleviate this condition. Lymph node transfer can be done during breast reconstruction or at another time.

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