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Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Risky activities: Lymph nodes monitor the status of the lymph which contains white cells that have eaten bacteria, viruses, etc and digested food too thick to go into the arteries/veins. Are delicate structures that when removed may reduce lymph flow. Further damage can occur if their area is further traumatized with unmonitored exercise and massage. Your surgeon is the best guide to what to do , how soon/often. ...Read more

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How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

Depends on location: Superficial nodes that are easily palpated etc..Can be biopsied more easily and quickly compare to deeper ones such as deep in chest or axillary area etc...Deep nodes/internal nodes such as those in chest are often just biospied and not removed--they do have important functions so don't remove unless you have to..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Absolutely not: The large majority of lymph nodes biopsied for diagnosis turn out not to bear cancer. And of the benign ones, the majority bear no specific illness. ...Read more

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Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

No: lymph node removals are performed for two reasons. The first is for enlarged firm lymph nodes where the excision is for diagnostic purposes. The second is for removal of potentially metastatic nodes to stage an existing tumor such as melanoma of skin or a malignant lesion of breast. ...Read more

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Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful. ?

Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful. ?

Painful seroma: if large and painful have it be evaluated by the lymph node removing surgeon with a view to possible ultrasound-guided drainage for symptom relief and to exclude infection ...Read more

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How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

It's very helpful: Looking at the lymph node under a microscope can make the diagnosis if it's uncertain. If there is cancer present, then the pathologist can actually see the cancer cells and ascertain where the cancer is coming from and how aggressive it is. There are other causes of enlarged lns that can be identified as well - e.g. Fungi, or granulomatous diseases - these can be seen many times by microscopy. ...Read more

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Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed? Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed?  Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Complete Toolkit: Sutures hold tissue together for faster healing. If after removal, the incision opens, then the body springs into action. Inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain) occur as a natural process which make things heal. Keep the wound covered and changed dressing every other day or so. Avoid peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclenas and motrin/advil as these slow down healing. Protect it from trauma. ...Read more

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Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Not usually: This is not an usual symptom, but it can be a sign of edema. If your arms are swollen see your doctor. ...Read more

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