This is a very old abstract from 1998. What was fascinating to me personally, is the CT description of the leg tissue with lymphedema. It reminded me of the ones I have had on both legs.
In the early 1970's, I had three Thompsons procedures done on my left leg, and none done on the right. There is a noticeable difference internally for the legs. Strange too was the fact that after a week in the hospital last year, it was the left leg that experienced the greatest decrease in swelling - specifically due to the fact that according to the CT, it has a much smaller amount of subcutaneous tissue then the left.
Does that make the surgery worthwhile? Hardly, the complications, including lymphoma still make it a terrible choice for lymphedema treatment. It is also the only leg that has experienced cellulitis.
The abstract follows: