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lymphedema - IV and blood pressure cuff in same arm for later surgery?

jolly24 Member Posts: 2

I'm about to undergo hip replacement surgery and I know an IV will be placed and BP will be monitored at the same time. I have lymphedema in one arm. How is this accomplished when one arm should have neither an IV nor a BP cuff? Thanks.


  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 846
    edited February 29

    Blood pressure can be monitored with an arterial line rather than a cuff as was done when I had thyroid surgery. An oral surgeon used a cuff to monitor my blood pressure and inserted the IV on the top of the hand on the same arm. There are probably other ways to do this, too. Let both the surgeon and anesthesiologist know ahead of time and they will figure out the best method in your case. I hope your hip replacement surgery goes well.

  • AJ
    AJ Member Posts: 182

    They put the blood pressure cuff on my ankle and the IV in my unaffected arm.

  • jolly24
    jolly24 Member Posts: 2

    Thank you for this information. In the past I have found some doctors claim there is no danger to a BP cuff or IV in an arm with lymphedema, but I do not want to take any chances.