Lymphoceles usually occur four to eight weeks after surgery and affect up to 15% of patients. The cause of these collections is possibly the disruption of the normal lymphatic channels during perivascular dissection or the disruption of hilar lymphatics. Most lymphoceles are discovered incidentally and are asymptomatic. Most of them also do not require therapy. Lymphoceles, however, have the potential to exert mass effect and, therefore, can impair renal function by producing hydronephrosis or cause conditions, such as, oedema of the leg, abdominal wall, scrotum, or labia. Lymphoceles can be treated with either percutaneous or surgical techniques. In our series, lym-phoceles are almost inexistent as we take the time to ligate all the lymphatics during the dissection of the recipient vessels. This is a type of ''lymphostasis'' as it is of utmost importance to complete to prevent any side effects of the lymphoceles.
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