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Topic: Seroma/flying/sleeve

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

Posted on: Feb 10, 2018 11:29PM

Veeder14 wrote:

I just don't understand why my surgeon says I don't need to wear a sleeve for flying especially for a long trip -5 hours. I'm hoping to have the seroma issue resolved before flying but even still I don't want to have my arm/hand swell up.

I've spoken with 20 year survivors of breast cancer whom have worn sleeves at least for flying, and they didn't have lymphadema or seromas and never developed it.

I have good insurance coverage so maybe it would be paid for but I need a physician's order. Does anyone know what type of places do sleeve fittings and sell them?


Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2018
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Feb 10, 2018 11:48PM HollyDollyD wrote:

lymphedivas.com

You can buy direct or use a store lookup. I got mine via a local store, but you can buy online without a Rx (of course, that means you will pay out of pocket, too).

Try a different doctor. My reconstruction surgeon was hesitant to prescribe it (but did say to check with my onco or surgeon). They gave me the Rx no questions asked.

Wishing you a peaceful flight,

Holly

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou
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Feb 11, 2018 12:04AM Veeder14 wrote:

Hi HollyDollyD,

Thanks for the idea of asking another doctor. When I get a MO I'll ask otherwise my primary care might write an order.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2018
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Feb 18, 2018 09:48PM tsoebbin wrote:

Please try another doc. My surgeon said I didn't need it... My PT said I did (she was right!) So I asked my primary and it was approved instantly. No questions asked..

I am 54 and Love Travel, My Family and Friends, and Life in General! Dx 4/4/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 5/10/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 5/11/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Feb 19, 2018 02:25AM Veeder14 wrote:

Thanks, I will try another doctor because I don't want to have a problem with my arm while on vacation or anytime really.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2018

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