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1 22nd January 19:31
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My wife had a sentinel node biopsy (removal of 2 nodes) in November
2006 as a result of a positiive biopsy for a < .5 mm Stage 1 tubular
carcinoma 100% HRP. She underwent a 6 week course of radiation which
ended on Feb. 15th. Five months out from the biopsy she is still
experiencing considerable pain and swelling at the SNB incision site.
The resulting seroma was drained twice; the first time a week after
the surgery; the second three weeks post op. The swelling and hardness
have decreased considerably (from roughly the size of a plum to that
of al almond) but she is still experiencing considerable pain and
swelling at the site? Her surgeon has essantially washed her hands of
her case at this point and Has anyone esperienced a similarly long
length of healing from this procedure? Should we press to have the
seroma drained again? Any comments or advice from those who have been
trhough this would be greatly appreciated.
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2 22nd January 19:31
tim jackson
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Show it to her GP. He can always refer her back to the surgeon if he
thinks there is a problem. Remember I'm not a doctor, I'm just a guy
with an opinion on everything who likes to talk.

I've heard of people taking quite a long time to heal, and radiation
tends to slow down the healing, but it does seem quite a long time.

It'll probably go away in time, but if there is redness, hotness or it
becomes hard then I'd be more concerned about possible infection.

What sort of pain are we talking about? Is it locally touch-sensitive,
sore when pressed, or is it more like range-of-motion pains? It may be
unrelated to the seroma. Pain from nerve damage (usually sharp and
touch or motion sensitive) is quite common with any surgery, and can
take six months to two years to fade to an ignore-able level, and may
never go away completely.


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3 22nd January 21:22
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I too had a SNB- I think I had about 11 nodes removed.
I had a drain in the axillary area for about 4 weeks- drained copious
amounts of serous fluid. It became clogged, and the surgeon pulled it (to
my relief- it was painful).
Unfortunately after the drain was removed ,I developed seroma after seroma-
I went in weekly for probably 6 weeks to have it aspirated (drained). It
would grow to lemon sized. It finally stopped- but this was at least 3
months post surgery.
We all heal differently. My surgeon had never seen the likes of my
situation before.
Hope this helps some.
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4 22nd January 21:22
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I had 4 removed


I had a drain for 10 days.

I had exactly the same experience, except that my seroma was enormous
and was aspirated by the District Nurse who visited me every other day.
I was very worried about it, as it delayed my chemotherapy by a couple
of months.

Finally I developed a breast abscess, which burst, and which was a very
distressing and traumatic experience. The consultant's registrar opened
the wound up and excised it and thereafter I had no further trouble.

My surgeon seemed to think it was something which happened occasionally.


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