• Stomach swollen after mastectomy/sentinel nodes removed?

    Asked by tam4givin on Monday, October 7, 2013

    Stomach swollen after mastectomy/sentinel nodes removed?

    Anyone else?

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Just me again. We both must be staying up late. I figure my stomach looks big cause my boobs aren't blocking the view! Ha! Then again I have been eating everything.
      Sorry, don't think I'm swollen. Are you on any meds that could be making your body swollen?

      over 4 years ago
    • jptucker's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with sentinel nodes removed on 9/19/13 and the swelling has gone down in my arms and legs but my chest and abdomen are still swollen. I am hoping once I get the drains out this swelling will subside as well. The surgeon said it is normal for a few weeks post surgery, especially if you had a lot of tissue removed.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I look like a pregnant apple 3 years out from a modified radical with 18 lymph nodes removed. I never went down from the chemo gain and my doctor daughter tells me my new shape is permanent as the steroids changed how the fat distributed. Thanks cancer. My local thrift shop does not share my dismay, they have all my petite clothes I outgrew.

      over 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Mine was swollen on the left side. Turned out to be my spleen, which is part of the lymphatic system. it was just reacting to thte disruption to the system. After a couple of weeks, it subsided. Looked weird for awhile, though.

      over 4 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar

      LOL! banditwalker, I was thinking the same thing about my belly!
      tam4givin, I know there was some swelling but that is normal after any type of surgery. If you are concerned please contact your doctor. Hopefully before too long it will go down and you will feel better, especially after getting tube removed. You do feel a lot better afterwards. God bless.

      over 4 years ago
    • tam4givin's Avatar

      Thank you everyone!

      over 4 years ago
    • joyuss59's Avatar

      I look like a pregnant woman with no boobs ! I believe it is caused from the anastrozale they have put me on >. I have been walking 2 to 3 1/2 mile a day can't lose any stomach or weight ! and my stomach always fells bloted after eating anything !

      over 4 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I did not have that problem (I had lumpectomy/chemo/radiation) but I have noticed friends over the years who did have chemo that some of them seem to have enlarged stomachs. Maybe that's a side effect of chemo - I don't really know.

      over 4 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar

      I had a double mastectomy, direct to implant and removal of 11 nodes. I totally agree with banditwalker because that is what I thought it might be......I asked my plastic surgeon and he said the stomach swelling would go down and it was caused by the narc. pain meds I was on.

      over 4 years ago
    • My3Ksmom's Avatar

      LOL, yes my stomach has been swollen. I feel like I look like an old man with a beer belly when I walk. I am normally a large woman and had 46 H/I breasts so seeing my stomach clearly for the first time was a shock.

      over 4 years ago
    • 4ZNUFF's Avatar

      I had my op November last year, 2013. A bad run of luck with infections. I had been under the knife 4xs since having the 1st op May 2012. This should have been a simple op. My operation was due to strong family genes... Losing Mum, Nan, Aunts, Cousins and Sister... Within 6months, 3 benign lumps were diagnosed. After having the final op, my stomach has swollen emmensley. I am thankful for finding this site. I thought I was losing the plot, and going through a woohwiz me moment... My surgeons never told me any of this, and neither did my breastcare nurses... I had given up. I am otherwise crazy fitness fad, and couldn't figure out what was happening. I will be investigating this furthur..... Thank you all x

      over 4 years ago
    • tam4givin's Avatar

      Thank you everyone! I did not have chemo or radiation. Still swollen even with loosing weight and pants getting looser. SO many things I was not warned of!

      over 4 years ago
    • NVM's Avatar

      I had a double mastectomy on 9/17/14 and as of today, 11/9/14- I am swelling in the abdomen so fast that I have to increase my clothing size nearly daily. my rib areas are tender and below my axillary areas are very sore, as if bruised. I, too have issues with wound healing and believe all the extra fluid from my chest areas into my trunk have caused a serious problem. I have already had one surgery in which I lost my left chest expander, and I am fighting another wound on the other side now that is very serious which I could lose control of at any point. I honestly believe I am too scarred now, on the left to even have another attempt at an implant anyway-as the scarring is so bad. my trunk edema is more notable on the left side, like one of the other ladies mentioned, and that is very valuable information-as I also was never prepared for any of this. Because of my wound issues; I was denied chemo therapy. I was told that if I was not healed of my wounds in a "six week post-op window" I could not be a candidate for chemo...then maybe only a case study - in which you are going in blind; as they don't really tell you what your treatment is-if any at all...could be a drug that has not been studied, or even a placebo. I am no "Crash Test Dummy". I am 45, and my 25 yr old daughter died last year in a car accident. I have a lot to live for. She left behind 3 young children. I never knew about Trunk Lymph Edema-and I have been an RN for 25 years...so don't any of you feel bad...I, like you only hear of folks getting it in the arm that involved the removal of the nodes. I have a severe case; and once I googled it, and found out there were 5 thereapists in the same office as the surgeon who did my surgery- I was furious!!! nobody, not even the plastic surgeon that I see way more often than I would like to because of these wound complications (likely because this fluid has to drain somewhere) NEVER SAID A WORD! If I knew then, what I know now, I would have never opted for the expander placement at the time of the double mastectomy. I would have had them close me, and allow me to heal & then attempt it later-because the expanders just prevented healing by putting pressure on already traumatized skin that had very little blood supply from all the loss of tissue & all the vascular cuts & cauterizations that were done during surgery. I was bruised from the moment the wheeled me into the recovery room and basicly I had immediate tissue death and on top of it all; and allergic reaction to the oral antibiotic I was sent home with. if I see one more pink ribbon, hat, t-shirt, or stuffed animal - I think I will scream! the follow up & so called teamwork & patient education people receive about breast cancer and surgery is very poor-and I see its not just in Vermont-its nation wide, and very upsetting. I can see why folks are excited to say they "survived" it....but is it the cancer-or the poor care we get that we feel we have to celebrate the survival of? NVM

      over 3 years ago
    • Muellers' Avatar

      Ok, I had my double mastectomy 5 weeks ago and have to ware my husbands clothes because of my belly swelling. None of my care team has seen this and I have had blood tests, xrays and a CAT scan and all looks normal. I have not started Chemo yet but will in a few weeks. I see many others have had the swelling, but what can I do to try to reduce it? Some have suggested increase exercise but my middle is very uncomfortable.

      about 3 years ago
    • Thankful4life's Avatar

      I am so happy to find this thread, even though it’s been a few years since you all posted.... if someone gets a notice of my post can you answer if the swelling pregnant looking belly went down and when. It’s so upsetting to be completely flat with a big belly especially since I didn’t have this distended belly before.

      10 days ago

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