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Topic: snb on friday..

Forum: Lymphedema — Risks, tips for prevention, and info about products that can address the symptoms of lymphedema.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2006 09:42AM

ktwist wrote:

Hi, I had a snb on friday where they took 5 nodes. Is there any risk for lymphedema after only a snb? I will try and research this, but my surgeon didn't say anything to me and I wonder if I should be taking extra care to prevent this? Maybe it isn't a concern because they only took 5 nodes, but I would like to know if I shouldn't be doing certain things. Thanks for any help with this. Karen Log in to post a reply

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Jun 19, 2006 10:12AM Jennifer wrote:

A SNB is does limit the amount of nodes taken, however any breast surgery with or with out nodes taken puts all of us at risk of developing lymphedema. I don't have the link now but I am sure Binney will be here to answer more throughly. She is our resident lymphdema specialist. In the mean time try not to injury the arm, lift too much weight with the arm, over use the arm and if possible use the other arm for BP, IV's, and blood draws.

Jennifer
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Jun 19, 2006 03:43PM Binney4 wrote:

Hi, Karen,

Can't add much to Jennifer's advice, except the web site of the National Lymphedema Network, which has lymphedema prevention guidelines you can print out:
www.lymphnet.org
They also have air travel guidelines and lots of other helpful information. You're really wise to look into this and take the precautions you need. (BTW, I have lymphedema in both arms, with only a single node taken on one side and only four on the other, and other women here have had similar experiences.)

Be well!
Binney
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Jun 20, 2006 02:16PM ktwist wrote:

Thanks for the response Jennifer and Binney! I appreciate the website info. Four kids out of school this week and I'm going crazy...so it's nice to have that info so easy. I wish my surgeon had mentioned something to me just for precautionary purposes, but at least I know what to do to now. Thanks again-


Karen

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