Sep 2, 2006 10:20AM Binney4 wrote:Hi, speederpuppy, and welcome to both bc.org and the LE board!
The Lymph Notes site has an article on "Lymphedema and breast reconstruction" that might be helpful:
And another good site for information is the National Lymphedema Network at:
LE massage leading up to and following surgery should certainly help, and of course prophylactic antibiotics starting a couple of days before can help ward off LE-type infections. Any trauma to the chest (including reduction or augmentation) has the potential for making LE worse (or developing it in the first place), but it's certainly not guaranteed to do so. You might want to talk with your therapist about your own individual risk, as none of us is the same.
Don't know anything about the weight loss issue, but from what the women say on other boards here, weight loss or gain can be a problem following reconstruction. The ladies on the "Breast Reconstruction" board might be able to answer that question -- it's two boards above this one on the Main Forum Index.
Congrats on being 5 years out! Wouldn't you think by that time you'd be past all the tough decisions?!?! Thinking of you as you weigh all the factors and come to a decision you can be at peace with,