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glossary:charles_procedure [2007/09/06 00:24]
Pat O'Connor
glossary:charles_procedure [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +====== Charles Procedure: ======
 + One of the first used debulking surgeries for [[:​lymphedema]]. Large amounts of fluid-filled subcutaneous tissue removed from affected limb. The Charles procedure (1912) is an ablative procedure whereby the affected subcutaneous tissue is resected down to muscle fascia and the area covered with [[skin]] grafts taken from the resected specimen. This procedure is no longer performed. The Charles procedure, as an eponym for the surgical [[:​treatment]] of leg edema, is actually a longstanding misnomer, seeing as Sir Richard Henry Havelock Charles is known for describing a treatment for [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_genital.htm| scrotal lymphedema]] in 1901, having treated a series of 140 patients with this condition. Sir Havelock had never treated a patient with [[:leg lymphedema |leg edema]], but in 1950, Sir Archibald McIndoe, an eminent British plastic surgeon wrote an article in which he mistakenly claimed that Sir Charles had treated a patient with leg [[edema]] with excision of subcutaneous tissue and skin grafts back in 1912. Since then, the error has been propagated throughout the years.
  
 +See also: * [[:​Lymphedema]]
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 +* [[:My Life with Lymphedema]]
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 +* [[:​Treatment]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_surgeries.htm| Lymphedema Surgeries]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​phpBB2/​viewtopic.php?​t=200 |Complications of Lymphedema Debulking Surgery]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_genital.htm |Genital Lymphedema]]  ​
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