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    Axillary Dissection: What is average recovery time?

    Asked by KLC on Friday, January 3, 2014

    Axillary Dissection: What is average recovery time?

    I'm scheduled for the procedure on Jan 9th - I have a business conference to attend the 16th and 17th. Is it realistic that I would be able to make it? ? ? ?

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    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      KLC, you should ask your Dr. I had this done with a UM so can't give feedback on the separate procedure. My underarm was numb and feeling has been slowly returning. Your recovery may depend on how many lymph nodes are removed and where they are taken from. Check out:
      http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/lymph_node_removal/axillary_dissection

      about 1 year ago
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      KLC

      Thanks Id. Dr feels average recovery time is 2 weeks but everyone is different. I'll go day by day and see. Thanks for the link, was helpful to see what levels based on what areas of nodes are being removed.

      about 1 year ago
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie

      If you are strong going in and there are no complications (infection, seroma, etc.) I would think it would be realistic.

      about 1 year ago
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      baridirects

      Just as an additional thought...depending on how many nodes they take (in my case, they took 19) and what they have to remove to get clean surgical margins, they may have to place one or more surgical drains in the area, which will need to be emptied on a regular basis, and the output measured. The drains are pulled when the output decreases to a level dictated by your surgeon. When I had my double mastectomy and axillary dissection, I had 2 drains on the cancerous side, one on the other...my last drain took a month to taper off to the point where they were willing to pull it (and I pretty much forced the issue because I was scheduled to fly home to my family the following day). You'll likely be on oral antibiotics as long as you have the drains in. It might be worth considering all this if your conference is out of town and attending will involve extensive/overnight travel.

      I just had to have an excisional biopsy of an additional suspicious node in the same area (benign, Thank God!), and I once again have a drain. I'm hopeful that this one will not take as long to taper off :-)

      Namaste,
      Christine

      about 1 year ago
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      KLC

      Thanks guys ! . . .and baridirects (speedy draining to you ; )

      about 1 year ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I had my axillary dissection a the same time as my bilat....I was starting to feel pretty human a week after the surgery.....

      about 1 year ago

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