Technique and proof of patency of microsurgical lympho-lymphonodular anastomoses: a study in the rat model.

BACKGROUND Lymphedemas due to local lymphatic blocks can be treated by microsurgical transplantation or transposition of lymphatic vessels. Here, the anastomoses are usually made end-to-end between lymphatics, but occasionally appropriate lymphatic recipient vessels are missing. In such cases, reconstructing lymph drainage by connection to a lymph node… (More)