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Breast Lymphedema

Breast Lymphedema

I had a lumpectomy -only 1 sentinel lymph node taken (clean). I developed an infection with fluid buildup. After the 2nd drainage and 2 rounds of antibiotics-I really wanted a drain-but we tried a 3rd time and the infection finally cleared up-so no drain was ever put in
I did continue to have breast lymphedema-and still have it ( surgery was 2 years ago this month).No arm lymphedema
I am at the point of monthly manual massage for the edema/I have been using a machine that can also massage… read more

posted 9 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Hello SNurse. I had a lumpectomy on 9/2 and did not have a drain.. I did have fluid buildup in both my breast and my nodes which has been drained twice already. My surgeon said we may have to drain a few more times... He said this is normal... I am not sure why you have lymphedema from a lumpectomy if you didn't have any nodes taken out but you should definitely speak with your surgeon. My surgeon said fluid build up and having to drain it multiple times is expected and normal. Hope this helps🙏

posted 8 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had a lumpectomy and 1 lymph node removed initially. I then had a mastectomy when the margins weren't clear. I had drains put in to remove any fluid buildup.
I did not develop any lymphedema.

posted 9 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I dont know of anyone that had drains in after lumpectomy. Mastectomy, yes. Lumpectomy, no. I had lumpectomy and had no drains. Only had drains after mastectomy.

edited, originally posted 2 days ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

And-she also said 'most ' woman who have had a lumpectomy do not get drains.
Being a retired nurse-I know this can also be a function of the surgeon's preference.
Thanks ladies for the feedback!

posted 1 day ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I saw my 'Breast Center " Nurse Practitioner today-who started me out after I got my diagnosis. She said the continuing breast edema can be a result of the radiation. I did not know this and did some research since I got home =and apparently this is true and overall about 15% of woman who have had lumpectomies get breast edema to some degree

posted 1 day ago
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