Oct 31, 2012 - 1:36 pm
Hi, has anyone else had problems with doctors who refuse to listen to your wishes about not doing IVs on the affected arm? I am scheduled to have a shoulder replacement surgery on my left shoulder two weeks from today. I had a mastectomy on my right side thirteen years ago. I have not developed lymphedema. I believe it is in part due to the fact that I have been following the precautions since the day after my mastectomy. I only had five lymph nodes removed because I had a sentinal node biopsy during the surgery. The PA who was doing the pre-op visit for my shoulder surgery just laughed at me when I told him that I couldn't have IVs in my right arm. He said my worries about lymphedema are ridiculous, " that it is so rare it's not even an issue anymore." I was shocked and upset with his attitude. he said "we are putting it in your right arm, end of story."