MUSC Advanced Breast Reconstruction program

DIEP with Vascular Lymph Node Transfer

When lymph nodes under the arm are removed during mastectomy, it may cause the arm to swell (lymphedema). Vascular lymph nodes can be transferred from either the unaffected arm or the groin area to reduce the undesirable side effects. Vascular lymph node transfer can be done simultaneously with DIEP breast reconstruction or as a stand-alone procedure. If done in conjunction with a DIEP, the lymph node and DIEP flaps are harvested surrounding the superficial circumflex vessels in the groin.

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