What are the benefits of this?
Does it hurt?
The injection will sting, just like any other injection but this will subside in less than a minute. The mapping itself is painless.
Are there any risks?
ICG has been used for over 40 years, very safely and successfully using our protocol. With the tiny amounts used in lymphofluoroscopy (0.2ml) there have never been any reported cases of adverse effects. At a much higher dose, such as those used for measuring blood flow, very occasional instances of allergic reaction have been recorded. The injection area will look green afterwards and will stay like this for a couple of weeks. This will not cause any medical problems and your body will naturally remove the green colouration.
Appointments include the initial consultation followed by an assessment. You can find out more about the structure of the day here. You will also be able to meet with one of our pioneering surgeons, who will be able to discuss your suitability for a range of lymphatic surgeries ranging from lymphatico-venous anastomosis, vascularized free lymph-node transfers and liposuction. Following the assessment, comprehensive feedback will be provided to both yourself and others involved in your care. You will be sent the video recordings and an image report showing the results of your assessment and the NIRFL Imaging. In addition, you and your therapist will be sent a tailored manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) treatment plan.
What is the importance of an extended appointment?
It is important that we generate an accurate representation of your lymphatics by ensuring that all possible pathways are mapped over the necessary amount of time. If the pathways are functioning normally, the tracer moves much faster than in areas with lymphoedema. When there is a lymphatic problem the tracer can take a longer period of time and taking the time to fully map the pathways will help to ensure that any lymphatic abnormalities and draining possibilities are found. Not all NIRFL Imaging providers explore the lymphatic system to this extent so we appreciate that it can be a long day. We find that the additional time spent investigating is beneficial to both patient and therapist.
Can I bring someone to the appointment with me?
We realise it is sometimes easier to have a partner, relative or friend with you, so of course you may bring someone. For confidentiality reasons, we need your agreement that they can be part of the session, or they can wait in the waiting area. You may also bring your MLD therapist, should you wish to do so.
What will the screening program offer me?
By undergoing our screening program, we can identify your risk and early development of lymphoedema. Through this we can offer you appropriate treatment or longer term monitoring. NIRFL Imaging mapping offers the earliest identification of lymphoedema, even before you may feel its development such as a heavy arm or leg, tight rings or marks from your clothing.
How much does it cost?
We are partnered with four prestigious clinics nationwide. Each of our medical partners, whether a surgeon or consultant, will provide their own consultation as part of your mapping assessment. As each location offers a unique service the price will vary between locations. Please contact us for pricing or to discuss your requirements.
How can I book an appointment?
Appointments are available for the remainder of 2016 and early next year. To arrange an appointment please contact us by calling 0330 010 1318 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I find out more information?
If you are looking for more information, the best option is to give us a call and we can answer any of your questions. Alternatively, speak with your FG-MLD trained Lymphoedema therapist or you can read more online in the articles below: