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Friday, October 19, 2012

In search of the ideal surgical treatment for Lymphedema. Report of 2nd European Conference on Supermicrosurgery

In search of the ideal surgical treatment for Lymphedema. Report of 2nd European Conference on Supermicrosurgery (Barcelona - March 2012).]

[Article in French]


Service de chirurgie plastique reconstructrice et esthétique, hôpital Saint-Louis, AP-HP, université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 75475 Paris cedex 10, France. Electronic address:


Since more than 50years, many surgeons all around the world try to find the perfect surgical technique to treat limb lymphedemas. Decongestive physiotherapy associated with the use of a compressive garment has been the primary choice for lymphedema treatment. Many different surgical techniques have been developed, however, to date, there is no consensus on surgical procedure. Most surgical experts of lymphedema met in the second European Conference on supermicrosurgery, organized on March 1st and 2nd 2012, in San Pau Hospital, Barcelona. Together they tried to clarify these different options and ideally a strategy for using these techniques.

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