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Lymphedema Treatment

Surgical Options

Lymphedema is a condition characterized by painful swelling in the extremities. Surgical treatment options for lymphedema include Lymphatic Bypass Procedures and Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer.

What is the cost of lymphedema surgery?

A surgeon's cost for lymphatic reconstruction may vary based on his or her experience as well as geographic location.

Lymphedema surgery costs may include:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests and imaging

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for lymphatic surgery, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Lymphedema and health insurance

Lymphedema surgery after cancer treatment is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by health insurance. However, your coverage may only provide a portion of the total fee.



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