I am not sure if this is the same thing but this has been done in Madrid for number of years now and is successful enough to be offered on the Spanish NHS. But, as there is such a long waiting list they are able to do only one leg at a time .... the waiting list is 12 months for the first leg and another wait for the second leg .
I was offered to pay for an operation in a private clinic to do both legs at once. Same doctor but they are limited as to how many they can do in NHS hospitals by lack of operating theatre space. So I was fortunate to be in a position to take advantage of this situation. No waiting list as the private clinic selected had free operating theatre time. It took 4 hours with an epidural, and just one night' s stay in the private clinic.
A slow and somewhat painful recovery period but not helped by the high temperatures here in Extremadura at the time. Also hampered by lack of experienced nurses in this remote corner of Spain. Doctor's wonderful though. With hindsight I would have asked to stay a few days longer in the private clinic as I live alone . I think we are expected to be tough here in Spain .😏 So far feeling good and walking well. Inflammation is very much reduced and I am expected to achieve an increase of mobility from 10% to at least 90%. After a couple of painful weeks I am now walking much better and hopeful of a complete recovery.
Just don't expect a miraculous instant recovery .... it is slow and painful but soon over. I certainly don't regret my decision .and am already losing weight. 😊 But I stress that I was in very good health apart from these blocked lymphatic veins caused by damage to upper leg muscles and I healed well. Every case is different and it is early days for these interventions of microsurgery.