• any one had muscle taken from under the arm with their node dissection.

    Asked by whisper on Thursday, February 28, 2013

    any one had muscle taken from under the arm with their node dissection.

    New here. Just got home today from masectomy and node dissection. My doctor ended up having to remove muscle and fat from the arm pit. My nodes were very involved. I will find out friday how many were cancer. Most of my pain now is comming from the under arm with pain shooting down to my elbow. I was also told some of the nerve was removed also that is why it hurts so much. Has any one else ended up with empty space under the arm. I have aggressive stage 3 with a grade3 Thank you


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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat with axillary dissection on BC side....PS only took first layer of nodes....my arm pit is very funky looking...there is like a "caved" in spot....its 7 years on the 1st since my surgery so my memory of pain etc is not so great anymore....Wishing you an easy time with your recovery....

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had 11 Lymph Nodes removed (8 were positive). The area under my arm was totally numb so I did not feel anything -- which was a benefit when I burned in that area from Radiation. It has been 15 months since my surgery and the numbness is just going away -- I am finding that this area is very tender and will be sore if I overdo in stretching, etc. I had a bilateral mastectomy and the ironic part is that the non-cancer side is "caved in" -- I was thinking that Radiation on the other side may have caused the remaining tissue to be fuller. I wish you the very best.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Lymph nodes, fatty tissue, muscle, and nerves are all very intertwined so it isn't really possible to remove just the nodes without some accompanying tissue, muscle, and nerve, especially if you had quite a few of them removed..

      over 5 years ago
    • chutzpah's Avatar

      Many nodes were removed when I had my masectomy a year ago. Was very uncomfortable for the first few months then it settled in. Arm pit still feels funny especially when I put deodorant on. Last summer I did wear tank tops and no one said anything.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I had 27 removed and was told that no muscle or nerve was taken but that the nerve was probably irritated. I'm not sure I believe that about the muscle, but it wasn't very much if any was taken. There is a slight indentation and the scar and at first (the surgery was this past summer) I had some weird sensation if I touched the area, but either I'm getting used to it or it has gone away. That arm is slightly bigger but has less tone than before. I've since gone back to the gym with no issues. Immediately post surgery, I had some discomfort and it took at least 4 months for it to feel totally healed for there to be no swelling after exercising it in some way and I'm still not at full range of motion although its pretty close.

      Not sure if this is pertinent, but my surgeon told me that because I'm lean and in good shape, it was easier for him to find the nodes and remove them. He told me they can get lost in fatty tissue and sometimes missed as a result and require the surgery to be more invasive.

      Did they talk to you about what to expect pain wise? I had to do some pretty strong "requesting" to get the nurses to fill me in. They just tossed some pain pills at me and asked how long it would be before I was dressed. Didn't even want to tell me how to handle the drain. It was awful. Call the hospital and ask for a full explanation if they didn't. They are supposed to give you an idea of what to expect.

      over 5 years ago
    • whisper's Avatar

      thanks every one for your answers. I also have neuropathy so I think that increases the nerve pain. Makes it feel like fire shooting down my arm. Dr. and nurses were great talking about ever thing. I think once my drains are out it will feel better also. They also put my port in so I am trying to adjust to that also. I am hoping wensday i get my drains out. Thanks again to every one.

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I had axillary dissection and the recovery from this was bad. I don't believe the surgeon took any muscle but he took a scoop of fat and he cut/damaged nerves. As a result I had a lot of nerve pain in my arm - pain, burning sensations, numbness - you name it I had it. Also I had very limited range of motion in the shoulder and mild lymphedema in that arm. Fast-forward nine months and dozens of physical therapy sessions later and my arm feels pretty good, some numbness under the arm, and my range of motion is about 95% restored.

      over 5 years ago
    • Paula56's Avatar

      I had mastectomy last Wednesday. They took the sentinel node that was cancerous and a cluster of other nodes to the right of my left arm in front. There is a cavity there. Most of my pain is also from under the arm. There is tingling under my arm and skin numbness.

      over 5 years ago

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