• When they remove the prostrate they also remove the lymph nodes, I heard that this can cause swelling of the legs?

    Asked by flkid on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    When they remove the prostrate they also remove the lymph nodes, I heard that this can cause swelling of the legs?

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    • MichaelV's Avatar
      MichaelV

      Had the procedure and did not suffer from any leg swelling but read what else happened to my after my surgery. Hope all goes well with your procedure. I'm pulling for ya.
      Michael

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Lymphodema can be a side effect of lymph node removal due to blockages in the lymph system. It is most common in breast cancer with node removal in the armpit area, and even then, statistically it occurs only in 10-25% of those cases.

      about 5 years ago
    • n2jhawks' Avatar
      n2jhawks

      I had the two closest nodes removed and have had no ill effects. My doctor showed me a picture of the lymph system to understand just how many lymph nodes we have. If most of the nodes were removed in an area, complications would certainly arise, but it should be minimal with only the 2 around the prostate taken.

      almost 5 years ago

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