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leg lymphedema and knee replacement

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:29 pm
by Arizona Mo
I am new to your website. I have had lymphedema in my legs for the last 6 years. I need to have my left knee replaced and have not found a doctor that is willing to take the chance of infection, etc. It seems that most of the doctors I have gone to don't have a lot of experience with lymphedema. I noticed on your list of doctors the U of A in Tucson is listed. Has anyone been there? Has anyone had a knee replaced on a leg with lymphedema? I am in horrible pain and on heavy pain meds. I just don't know what to do. Any feedback would be very appreciated.

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 3:00 pm
by patoco
Hey Arizona :D

Super welcome to our family here :!: :!:

The only doctor I know of in Arizona is:
Marlys H. Witte, MD
Director, Medical Student Research Program
Professor of Surgery

Arizona Health Sciences Center
Department of Surgery
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Rm. 4406
PO Box 245063
Tucson, AZ 85724-5063

Office Phone: (520) 626-6118
Clinic Phone: (520) 694-6144

Clinical Specialties
Internal Medicine

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1967

Genetics of lymph vascular disease; Medical Student Research; vascular biology, including endothelial growth and proliferation; splanchnic hemodynamics and microvascular gas exchange; animal models of lymphatic disorders; lymph dynamics and its pathophysiology

I'm not sure if she is seeing patients at this time, but I would certainly contact her.

We have had several members that have gone through joint replacement and just about all have actually done quite well.

We have a page on this:

Lymphedema and Total Knee Replacement, just updated May 10, 2008. ... cement.htm

Infections have presented the most common complication and because of that one of my pre-op recommendations is to be on antibiotics at couple weeks before the surgery. You find some other suggestions for lymphers listed on the page.

There is also a small section by British LE doctor, Peer Mortimer and according to him because of the sucess ratio that LE patients has had, he is not against it being performed if needed.

So, look over the page and if you have any questions, feel free to post them.