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Symposium: Combining Surgical Approaches to Effectively Treat Lymphedema

Symposium: Combining Surgical Approaches to Effectively Treat Lymphedema

This Symposium will be Livestreamed at and cover the following topics:

a.     Overview of lymphedema, the inflammatory process, and stages of the lymphedema disease.

b.     Discussion of the role of lymphedema therapy and surgery at each stage in the disease process, with emphasis on the integration of appropriate lymphedema therapy and surgery for the individual patient.

c.      Review of the different types of lymphedema surgery, including suction assisted protein lipectomy (SAPL), vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) and lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA), including the benefits, limitations and risks of each type of surgery,

d.     Present the staged approach to combining surgeries in appropriately selected cases.

Dr. Jay Granzow is an internationally renowned lymphedema surgeon. In his academic capacity, he currently serves Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Granzow has been a professor with UCLA for over 10 years.  He holds American Board Certifications for Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

A pioneer in the field of lymphedema, Dr. Granzow successfully integrated lymphedema therapy with multiple types of lymphedema surgery to provide the world’s first comprehensive lymphedema treatment system (FLOTM).  He is an accomplished surgeon, well versed in performing lymphedema surgeries such as vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT), lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) and suction assisted protein lipectomy (SAPL).  He has published highly regarded scientific articles in leading medical journals on the topic of lymphedema surgery.  As a frequent lecturer on lymphedema surgery, Dr. Granzow has lectured to patients, therapists and physicians all over North America, including the Klose Conference, National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Conference, World Congress of Lymphology (WCOL) Conference, the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) Conference, and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM).  Dr. Granzow provides lymphedema treatment for patients in his private medical practice located in Manhattan Beach, California.

After graduating from Princeton with honors in chemical engineering, he attended Tulane Medical School.  He graduated in the top 10% of his class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Granzow also received a Master of Public Health degree at Tulane Medical School.  Afterwards, he completed residencies in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California and in Plastic Surgery at the University of Miami. 

After residency training, Dr. Granzow worked closely with top surgeons around the world in the fields of lymphedema surgery, advanced microsurgery and aesthetic surgery.  He completed fellowships at the Louisiana State University, and The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia.  Dr. Granzow also served as a visiting fellow at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, Tokyo University Hospital in Japan, and Ghent University Hospital in Belgium.

Dr. Granzow and his wife, Amy, live in Marina del Rey, California, with their two young children, Max and Cora.