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Post-mastectomy lymphedema. Do you have any advice for me?

Post-mastectomy lymphedema. Do you have any advice for me?

Massage and pressure: Lymphedema (le) massage and compression sleeves are the mainstay of controlling le. A recent study also suggested that obesity is a risk factor for le, and that weight loss may help. Find a good physical therapist who can teach you massage and fit you with a good sleeve. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more


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I have post-mastectomy lymphedema. Is there an operation to fix this?

I have post-mastectomy lymphedema. Is there an operation to fix this?

No: There is no surgery to treat lymphedema. It is caused by your breast surgery that disrupted the lymph vessels which drain fluid from your arm. Physical therapists who specialize in lymphedema treatment can improve your symptoms with massage, special sleeves that compress your arm and hand, and other techniques. ...Read more

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What is the risk of lymphedema if only the sentinel node was removed during mastectomy?

With a...: mastectomy alone there will be a risk of lymphedema, with removal of a sentinel lymph node that risk goes up slightly (in my opinion probably negligible). So it's the mastectomy itself that increased your risk. Follow-up with your docs to detect it early. Remember post-op it will be normal to have some swelling. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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Lymphedema after 6 years post bilat mastectomy with cervical node swelling breast MRI showed no cancer what can cause sudden lymphedema?

SImple blockage: The lymphatic system is a very fragile series of tubes that carry the lymph. Anything that impacts on these tubes can cause slowing up or complete stoppage of the lymphatics. Unfortunately, there is no timing as to the onset nor any real prevention especially in light of the history you provided. The key is to get to a lymphedema physician and certified therapist and get treated right away. ...Read more

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Are there restrictions of use for secondary arm lymphadema? My arm is 5 cms larger after mastectomy?

Are there restrictions of use for secondary arm lymphadema? My arm is 5 cms larger after mastectomy?

Yes: In general, i would recommend not allowing blood draws and blood pressure readings from that arm. Furthermore, if you should need a skin surgery on that arm (eg. Skin cancer), i would discuss using prophylactic antibiotics with our cancer surgeon and dermatologist. You may want to have a massage therapist trained in lymphedema help you too. ...Read more

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Is lymphedema common?

No: It can occur after surgery which affects the lymph nodes in a arm or leg. It is more common bilaterally in older women. It is seen in overweight inscribe people. Movement is important to cause the muscles to move the fluid out of the legs. ...Read more

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Is lymphedema painful?

Sometimes: Although lymphedema can sometimes be painful, more often it is not. If you have a limb that looks like it is affected by lymphedema but it hurts, it is more likely to be lipidedema. Some say that lipidema is lymphedma with pain. ...Read more

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Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

It can: Early lymphedema can pit, which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. This is especially true if there is also some component of venous insufficiency associated with the lymphedema. Later stages of lymphedema are associated with tissue fibrosis which has lost its ability to be able to pit. ...Read more

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What must I eat if lymphedema?

What must I eat if  lymphedema?

Good diet: Lymphedema fluid is high in protein and so the fluid that creates the swelling pulls a lot of protein out of your circulation. As a result, a higher protein diet is a good idea. Avoiding salt is also smart. A fluid restriction is not thought to be helpful. Otherwise a healthy general diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. If you are overweight, weight loss helps the swelling. ...Read more

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What is double mastectomy like?

What is double mastectomy like?

Check out the : Cancer survivors network on-line to hear first hand. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more