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St. Charles Surgical Hospital Announces Dedicated Lymphedema Treatment Program
Date:6/18/2009

NEW ORLEANS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Charles Surgical Hospital (SCSH) is proud to announce it is the first hospital to develop a dedicated and comprehensive lymphedema treatment program complete with trained specialists, therapists, and advanced cutting edge techniques. Drs. Scott Sullivan and Frank DellaCroce, principal surgeons at SCSH and co-founders of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, have created the first program of its kind in association with Marga F. Massey, MD, FACS. The revolutionary Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNTx) procedure for lymphedema can be performed at SCSH when combined with any breast reconstruction surgery or as follow-up treatment to a previous surgery. "This newest program allows us to offer the most comprehensive breast reconstructive procedures available," states Dr. Sullivan. "It is our vision, as the only hospital dedicated to breast reconstructive surgery in the world, to provide our patients this type of cutting-edge technology within a compassionate, patient-centered environment."

Lymphedema is a debilitating condition of localized fluid retention caused by a compromised lymphatic system. It is most frequently seen after breast cancer treatments such as lymph node dissection, surgery and/or radiation therapy, which can damage the lymphatic system of the arm. The National Cancer Institute has established that 25% to 30% of breast cancer surgery patients with lymph node removal and radiation therapy develop lymphedema. Chronic swelling, discomfort, and skin infections are among the symptoms that may be improved with proper therapy and in some cases, microsurgical repair. With over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US, that equates to over 500,000 women w
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