You may recall I had asked the above clinic to provide me with some data and statistics on their Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis ( LVA) procedure and here they are:-
- Since the first LVA in 2012, they have helped around 85 patients with Lymphoedema.
- 60% of those were leg patients, 40% are arms. This is not what was anticipated- it was expected that treating arms after breast cancer would have been more common.
- 90% of all cases are for Secondary Lymphoedema after cancer treatment.
- This is not a cure- the average improvement rate of symptoms is between 25-45% for 85% of all patients.
- For arms, there is an average reduction of 30%.
- For legs, there is an average reduction of 44%.
It is important to note that these are patients who are on maximum conservative treatment in a condition that is chronically progressive ( i.e. They are expected to slowly worsen without surgery, but show improvements with surgery)
Improvements in quality of life after the procedures has been measured as 12% for arm patients and 26% in leg patients. These are remarkable improvements that affect how people manage their daily lives.
These improvements include:-
- Clothes fit better
- Nicer shoes can be worn ( Velcro free!)
- Lower levels of compression garments can be worn
- In the upper limb, 7/27 patients have stopped wearing their compression garments at all and consider themselves cured of their Lymphoedema.
If you want to know more about this clinic, check out their website……