Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee it is our great pleasure to invite you to register in Barcelona to the 6th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery to be held March 14th-15th, 2017.

Inspired by the success of the previous International Meetings for Lymphedema Surgery: 1st European Conference on Lymphedema Surgery – Barcelona (2011), International Symposium on Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema – Taoyuan (2013), International Symposium on Lymphedema Surgical Treatment – Barcelona (2014), Chicago Breast and Lymphedema Symposium – Chicago (2015) and the 5th World Symposium for Lymphedema Surgery – Taoyuan (2016), we are fortunate to have the opportunity to host once again the World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery.

This 6th Symposium will consist of two days of lectures, video surgery transmissions and breakout sessions.  Current techniques will be presented with a clear focus on searching evidence and providing reliable results. Controversy and cross-fire debates will be the major features of this meeting in order to get audience interactivity, to define practical consensus and to promote critic assessment on the hot topics.


It is truly a special event to have so many world leaders in lymphedema surgery, lymphedema research and lymphatic system imaging, including Peter Neligan, Joseph Dayan, Francesco Boccardo, Corinne Becker, Hakan Brorson, Epameinondas Gousopoulos, Isao Koshima, Jiro Maegawa, Mark Smith, Rudinger Baumeister Takumi Yamamoto, and many others, all in one place, sharing their experiences in this field that we are all so passionate about.

Barcelona is a dynamic and vital Mediterranean city and we are sure that you will enjoy your stay with us. There will be an interesting cultural and social programme as well as the scientific events.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in March 2017 in Barcelona. We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jaume Masià, David Chang and Ming-Huei Cheng
Co-chairmen 6th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery

European accreditation

6th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery has been accredited and assigned 9 European CME Credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

6th World Symposium on Lymphedema Surgery: Scientific Program

Tuesday, 14th March 2017:

12:00 – 13:00h:


13:00 – 13:15h:

Welcome Co-Chairmen
D. Chang / M.H. Cheng / J. Masià

13:15 – 13:40h:

Keynote Lecture
The lymphatic system and the lymphangiogenesis – E. Gousopoulos

13:40 – 14:00h:

Keynote Lecture
The Stanford lymphedema clinical study project – S.G. Rockson

14:00 – 16:00:

Diagnosis and pre-operative assessment: Limits and indications
Moderators: J. Masià / J. Dayan

Lymphoscintigraphy +/- SPECT-CT –  C. Ruiz
Ultrasonography –  H. Bascuñana
MoistureMeterD –  S. Suominen
Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) / L-Dex –  P. Neligan
ICG lymphography –  T. Yamamoto
Lymph-MRI –  J. Maki

16:00 – 16:30h:

Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30h:

Fundamentals in lymphedema treatment
Moderators: A. Dancey / M.H. Cheng

Anatomy of the Lymphatic System – M. Amore
Physiopathology of the primary and secondary lymphedema – E. Gousopoulos
Physiopathology of the Filarial Lymphedema – G. Manokaran
Lipedema versus Lymphedema. How close there are – H. Brorson
Lipedema: surgical approach and outcomes – Y. Demirtas
Limits and scientific evidence of the conservative lymphedema treatment – H. Bascuñana
Limits and scientific evidence of the current surgical treatment of lymphedema – D. Chang

18:30 – 19:00h:

WORKSHOP on ICG lymphography

Fluoptics – Fluobeam
PDE – Hamamatsu
IC-Flow – Diagnostic Green
Spy – Novadaq
VS3 Iridium perfusion imaging system
Hiperye, mizuhomedical company
Artemis system

Wednesday, 15th March 2017:
SURGICAL TREATMENT: How I do it / why it works / my long term results

07:00 – 08:00h:

Best new ideas – Free Paper Session
Moderators: K. Van Landuyt / J. Masià

see the selected papers

8:00 – 8:15h:

The approach to the lymphedema patient
P. Neligan

8:15 – 10:00h:

Vascularized lymph-node transfer
Moderators: J. Masià / Y. Demirtas
Independent discussant “Agent Provocateur”: A. Ray

Inferior epigastric LNT – C. Becker
Lateral thoracic LNT – M.L. Smith
Supra-clavicular LNT – D. Chang
Submental LNT – M.H. Cheng
Omental LNT – A. Nguyen

10:00 – 10:30h:

How to avoid complications: Reverse intraoperative lymphatic mapping

The American way – J. Dayan
The European way – G. Pons

10:30 – 11:00h:

Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00:

LVA techniques
Moderators: M.L. Smith / S. Suominen
Independent discussant “Agent Provocateur”: A. Ray

LVA and lymphatic physiology implication – M. Makoto
Japanese LVA technique – M. Mitsunaga
Italian LVA technique: “Staging-guided Treatment of Lymphatic Disorders: The Complete Treatment Package” – C. Campisi
LVA follow-up – J. Maegawa
The Turkish approach to LVA – Y. Demirtas
LVA in primary lymphedema – M. Hara
One step more from the Japanese school, the SEKI approach – Y. Seki

13:00 – 13:30h:

The future of lymphedema surgery
I. Koshima

13:30 – 14:30h:


14:30 – 15:30h:

Other surgical techniques
Moderators: D. Chang / K. Van Landuyt
Independent discussant “Agent Provocateur”: A. Ray

Lymph-lymphatic transfer – R. Baumeister
From lymph-lymphatic transfer to my current surgical approach – G. Felmerer
Lymph-liposuction – H. Brorson

15:30 – 16:30h:

Best new ideas – Free Paper Session
Moderator: K. Patel

see the selected papers

16:30 – 17:00h:

Coffee Break

17:00 – 17.30h:

Prophylactic Lymphedema Surgical Approach:
Moderator: P. Neligan

LYMPHA concept – F. Boccardo
T-BAR concept – J. Masià

17:30 – 18.15h:

How to build a Lymphedema Unit in the XXI century:
Moderator: S. Suominen

The McQuary University Model – Q. Ngo
Chicago lymphedema center – D. Chang
Oxford lymphedema center – A. Ramsden
Brussels lymphedema center – A. Zeltzer

18:15- 19:00h:

Research on lymphedema surgical treatment: sharing experience and building the future:
Moderator: A. Ray

How to build an experimental research project in lymphedema surgery – A. Ballestin
Vascularized lymphonode transfer: evidence of the improvement in animal models – M.H. Cheng
How to build scientific evidence from your clinical work – K. Ramsey

19:00 – 20:00h:

2017 Consensus of 6th WSLS
D. Chang / M.H. Cheng / J. Masià

20:00 – 20:45h:

Closure cocktail
Sala Domènech i Montaner. Old enclosure of Hospital de Sant Pau.


Jaume Masià

David Chang

Ming-Huei Cheng

Gemma Pons

Local Organizing Committee:
  • Debora Bernárdez
  • Manuel Fernández
  • Jonathan Forigua
  • Claudia Liuzza
  • Susana López
  • Leyre Olivares
  • Jordi Riba
  • Elena Rodríguez Bauza
  • Lídia Sánchez-Porro
  • Jose Sarria
  • Carmen Vega
  • Paul Zamora
Invited Speakers:
  • Miguel Amore (Argentina)
  • Alberto Ballestin (Spain)
  • Helena Bascuñana (Spain)
  • Ruediger Baumeister (Germany)
  • Corinne Becker (France)
  • Francesco Boccardo (Italy)
  • Hakan Brorson (Sweeden)
  • Corrado Campisi (Italy)
  • David Chang (USA)
  • Ming-Huei Cheng (Taiwan)
  • Anne Dancey (UK)
  • Joseph Dayan (USA)
  • Yener Demirtas (Turkey)
  • Gunther Felmerer (Germany)
  • Epameinondas Gousopoulos (Switzerland)
  • Hisako Hara (Japan)
  • Isao Koshima (Japan)
  • Jiro Maegawa (Japan)
  • Jeff Maki (USA)
  • Mihara Makoto (Japan)
  • Gurusamy Manokaran (India)
  • Narushima Mitsunaga (Japan)
  • Quan Ngo (Australia)
  • Peter Neligan (USA)
  • Ketan Patel (USA)
  • Alex Ramsden (UK)
  • Kelvin Ramsey (UK)
  • Arup Ray (UK)
  • Stanley G. Rockson (USA)
  • Cristina Ruiz (Spain)
  • Yukio Seki (Japan)
  • Mark L. Smith (USA)
  • Sinikka Suominen (Finland)
  • Koenraad Van Landuyt (Belgium)
  • Takumi Yamamoto (Japan)
  • Assaf Zeltzer (Brussels)