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      Laparoscopic Free Omental Lymphatic Flap for the Treatment of Lymphedema.

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          Advances in microsurgery have displayed promising results for the treatment of lymphedema. The use of vascularized lymph node transfers has increased in popularity but incurs the potential risk for donor-site lymphedema. The omentum has been previously described for the treatment of lymphedema but has been overlooked because of presumed high morbidity, including the need for celiotomy and pedicled complications. The authors present a novel technique and early results of the laparoscopic free omental lymphatic flap for the management of lymphedema. The minimally invasive harvest successfully avoids both the previously associated morbidity of this flap and the risk of iatrogenic lymphedema to the donor site.

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          Journal
          Plast. Reconstr. Surg.
          Plastic and reconstructive surgery
          Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
          1529-4242
          0032-1052
          Jul 2015
          : 136
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Houston, Texas From the Department of Plastic Surgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
          Article
          00006534-201507000-00018
          10.1097/PRS.0000000000001374
          26111317

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