Lymph surgery

The primary therapy for lymph fluid congestion in the tissue is always complex decongestion therapy using lymph drainage, compressive wrapping and compression stockings. If there is no improvement, surgical treatment can help under certain conditions.


Microsurgical connections can be created between the severed lymphatic vessels and small lymphatic vessels or veins (lymphatic-lymphatic or lympho-venous anastomoses). Alternatively, it is possible to transplant lymph nodes including their vessels (microvascular lymph node transfer).

Lymphatic vessel surgery is also used to remove chronic fluid accumulations in wound areas (seroma, lymphocele). The fine lymphatic vessels that have been severed are examined under the microscope after marking with a dye and selectively ligated. Alternatively, they can be reconnected or connected to small veins.

Together with the Clinic for Angiology and Physiotherapy, patients with difficult-to-treat lymphoedema or problems associated with lymphoedema are discussed in the interdisciplinary lymphoedema consultation.

Responsible cadre doctor

Nicole Lindenblatt, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Vice Director of Department, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery

Tel. +41 44 255 33 39
Specialties: Microsurgery and supermicrosurgery, Robotic surgery

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University Hospital Zurich
Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 27 38
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