I had bilateral matectomy one month ago with lymph nodes removed from the right arm.
The left arm where the prophylactic surgery was performed has been fine until I went back to work (mostly computer) three days ago. I now have some swelling near the armpit area. Is this a concern, or will it subside if I limit some of the movement?
Did you notice if the swelling progressed to involve the arm or forearm?
Edema of the upper extremity develops usually after breast surgery with extensive axillary lymph node dissection.
There are certain exercises that can minimize the development of edema. Also, you can apply compressive bandage on the involved extremity to prevent edema formation. A consult with a rehab medicine specialist may be needed.
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