August 2019, Meeting of UW Medicine/ Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Lymphedema Support Group
August 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dianne Graham, Counselor, MA, LMHC, is a Psychotherapist in Private Practice who founded this Support Group in 2015 with the collaboration of Cancer Lifeline and the Northwest Lymphedema Center. Dianne was also the group’s Facilitator until mid-2018 when she turned over the reins to Vivian Foxx. Happily for us, Dianne still attends meetings when she is able to do so. Dianne has Lymphedema and received a Lymph Node Transfer at the University of Washington Medical Center during her tenure as Facilitator and Leader. So she is well qualified to speak about “On Making a Decision to have a Lymph Node Transfer.”
Vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) is a surgical technique that involves moving lymph nodes with an intact blood supply — an artery and a vein that can be anastomosed (an anastomosis is a connection or opening between two things that are normally diverging or branching, such as between blood vessels) — to restore or augment lymphatic drainage.
With significant advancements in imaging and microsurgery techniques, VLNT is becoming more available as an option to patients. For those who would like to know more about this procedure or other research topics, the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN) sponsors a valuable Symposium Series of educational videos. Viewers should note that the VLNT video also contains graphic surgical images.