Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT) or Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT) is a microsurgical procedure for the treatment of lymphedema. It involves transferring a small cluster of lymph nodes from one part of the body to an area of need. Watch…
What type of patients are candidates for Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT)?
Dr. Becker describes the two main classes of lymphedema and discusses candidacy for surgery.
Doctors trained to perform ALNT in the US
Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT) is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the United States. Dr. Becker highlights the complexity of this technique and the need for well-trained microvascular plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
Donor and recipient sites for ALNT
Dr. Becker describes her technique and some factors involved in determining donor and recipient sites for lymph node transfer surgery.
Discussing your options
Dr. Becker describes the initial consultation and necessities required to determine candidacy for Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT). Candidacy for surgery is considered after a thorough history and physical, along with review of MR-Lymposcintigraphy studies. MR-Lymphoscintigraphy, otherwise known as MR-Lymphangiogram,…
Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT): A discussion on success
Many factors determine success rate for Autologous Lymph Node Transfer (ALNT) in patients.
Preparation for Surgery
In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle and following instructions provided by the surgeon, lymphatic massage aids in recovery and enhances movement of lymphatic fluid from the affected limb.