Ask Dr. Roman Skoracki

Areas of expertise:

  • Surgical treatment of lymphedema (Extremity and head and neck lymphedema)
  • Multiple Lymphaticovenular Anastomoses – for treatment as well as in the prophylactic /immediate setting
  • Liposuction for Lymphedema
  • Liposuction for Lipedema
  • Lymph node transplant
  • Diagnostic imaging of lymphedema
  • Screening for patients at risk of lymphedema
  • Multidisciplinary care of lymphedema


Roman Skoracki, is the Division Chief for Oncologic Plastic Surgery at the OSUCCC – James. His focus is on reconstruction for cancer patients, particularly microsurgery and surgical treatment for lymphedema. He is one of a small number of surgeons in the country who perform surgical treatments to relieve lymphedema, has developed several surgical techniques in the field and is one of only a few surgeons’ world-wide treating patients for lymphedema of the head and neck. These micro-vascular surgeries treat symptoms of lymphedema by re-routing lymphatic channels to allow proper fluid drainage or re-introducing lymph nodes to the affected region.

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and three book chapters, along with co-editing the textbook Advanced Therapy of Breast Diseases published in 2012 and a textbook on head and neck reconstruction. He has a keen clinical and research interest in lymphedema, a field he has focused on for the past 10 years of his practice. He is currently engaged in multiple clinical trials as well as basic science projects examining lymphedema and its treatment.

My expertise and experience have prepared me for to make a strong contribution to the proposed study.

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  1. Cystic Hygroma in Adult
    Question (Karen, ):
    • A friend is diagnosed with a Cystic Hygroma, very large, extending from neck to thorax. Specialist said neither surgery nor draining is an option. Looking for names of specialists anywhere who she could contact for help. Worried about her prognosis as she is told she has a very rare case.

    • Sep 2021

      Thank you for your inquiry. We do care for complex head and neck as well as thoracic masses, including cystic hygromas. Our usual approach would be a multidisciplinary team approach especially if this is a complex lymphatic (+/- vascular) malformation, including interventional radiologists, head and neck, thoracic and plastic surgeons. I would be happy to review the patients history and imaging to give you a better idea of possible treatment options.
      Hope this helps