Innovative treatment for lymphedema at Galilee Medical Center!

Dr. Assi Drobot, a senior physician in our Surgery Department A has recently begun to treat lymphedema, a condition of swelling that generally occurs in a person's arms or legs and in some cases, both arms or both legs, with innovative surgery.

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in the patients' lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.

Dr. Eli Kakiashvili, Director of Surgery Department A: "This is a complex operation currently performed in Israel only at Galilee Medical Center and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center - Ichilov Hospital. The new procedure is short and the patient is able to regain functional ability after having suffered from the lymphedema condition that hindered his/her daily activities. In the past few weeks, patients from the central and southern regions of Israel have been referred to us as they see innovative procedure as the only answer to treat their medical condition and improve their quality of life."
Galilee Medical Center's Department of Surgery A provides a broad range of liver and pancreatic surgeries, performed in the conventional manner and by laparoscopy led by Dr. Eli Kakiashvilli, who is currently working with the medical center's management to open a center for the treatment of lymphatic diseases.

Dr. Masad Barhoum Director of Galilee Medical Center: "At present we are one of only two medical centers in Israel where this innovative treatment for lymphedema is being carried out thanks to our skilled team and our acquisition of the necessary state-of-the-art technology and equipment. We are happy to provide an answer in this important field for patients in our community as well as for residents of other regions who have long suffered from problems in their lymphatic system."

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