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Surgery for lymphedema

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Jul 4, 2020 | Replies (6)

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@colleenyoung

Hi @dcollier, welcome to Connect. I found this article from Mayo Clinic's Ask the Expert series:

– Mayo Clinic Q and A: Lymphedema — when is surgery indicated? https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-lymphedema-when-is-surgery-indicated/

Have you already tried compression therapy and lymphatic massage? Has surgery been suggested for you?

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I had breast cancer in 1996. I never had any noticeable swelling until February 2017. At that time I went back to my surgeon & they then did message and compression. I did this for 3 months with some improvements but swelling again. I suppose you could say I gave up & started researching other treatments. That is when I saw article about Dr. Forte & patient Joni Carithers,…
I wear a sleeve most days & a “ready wrap” if I over use arm. I cannot say my arm is worse but I would love to live without the sleeve. I am left handed & yes my issue is with my left arm.