• Axillary Dissection

    Asked by Curlysue on Sunday, May 19, 2013

    Axillary Dissection

    I'm still trying to find someone who had an axillary dissection. I had a sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy, followed weeks later by an axillary dissection (May 6 2013). I'm wondering about how long it took to start feeling less pain and neurological twinges and loss of feeling. Also how long did it take for range of motion to be restored?

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    • TammyDonna's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy on 4/10/13 followed by the axillary dissection on 5/25/13. I'm having more pain with it than the first surgery. I start chemo Tuesday. They had said the seven lymph nodes they took out were good, after more study they all had cancer so on to the next surgery.
      They took out three more and two were cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy on 1/10/13. They took 13 lymph nodes on my right side, 1 tested positive. When I was discharged, I received exercises to do which helped. I still do not have full range of motion on my right side but started PT a couple of weeks ago with a lymphedema specialist. I have some early signs of lymphedema which they are also helping me with. The exercises and therapies they are giving me have made a HUGE help on the heavy dead numb feelings from that side and I am slowly gaining an increase in my range of motion (over 80% but not the same as my left side).
      After my experience with a lymphedema specialist for PT, I highly recommend it. I wish I had started it sooner than almost 4 months after surgery.
      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had axillary dissection when I had my bilat so it was a little different than your surgery....I have pretty good range of motion but don't remember how long it took....7 years later, I still sometimes have "twinges" and weird feelings, but nothing that keeps me from doing things. I don't think my arm reaches quite as high as the prophy side, but almost. They only took the first layer of nodes so that helped.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had bilateral mastectomy on 12/5/11 -- 11 lymph nodes were taken (8 were positive). With the numbness that endured, I did not feel the radiation burn in that area and I was not aware of discomfort in overuse of that arm. As time passed and the numbness wore off somewhat, I realized that I could use the arm to reach, etc. -- but not to stretch it to its limit in reaching as it would be sore afterwards. I do have Lymphedema in that arm. The Sleeve and glove seems to make the hand even more puffy -- so I am just living with it. I did do PT for awhile but it is quite a distance from home. There is going to be a Lymphedema Clinic in our City in the near future so I will definitely take advantage

      over 3 years ago
    • Curlysue's Avatar

      Thanks for all the answers. Everyone seems to have had mastectomies. I guess I'm rare in that I didn't. Was curious if anyone just had axillary dissection, as I did without mastectomy. I had 30 lymph nodes removed, 27 positive.

      over 3 years ago
    • peachpoppy's Avatar

      Hi there,

      I am like you and had the dissection before my mastectomy!

      Of all the surgeries (biospsy, lumpectomy, bilateral mastectomy) the axillary dissection was the worst for me and has the most side effects and pain. I had the sentinel node/axillary dissection surgery 5/1, with 25 nodes removed, 2 positive. I still have major range of motion issues and pins and needles in my armpit. The back of my arm is ok to touch now, before it felt like it was burned and hurt to have a shirt touch it.

      I started seeing a PT this week and am hoping that will help with range. The dr also gave me gabapentin to help with the nerve pain.

      Are things getting any better for you?

      over 3 years ago

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