Oct 01, 2012 - 8:33 pm
Just wanted to throw this out and see what others' experiences have been:
It seems lympedema education and prevention in cases where only a few lymph nodes are removed in controversial. I had 3 lymph nodes removed. My BS said, "No worries," use that arm for BP checks, blood draws, flying no problem,etc. My MO said she wanted me to see a Lymphedema Therapist. The therapist gave me exercises to do, massages, and lots of information. She also told me of a former patient in my situation who had no problems until she had an airline flight and then it was too bad and too late to reverse it. So, with the upcoming overseas flights I was looking at, I ended up buying a sleeve and gauntlet. The therapist checked me out on getting it on properly. I had no problems with the flights, and maybe I wouldn't have anyway--but I decided, why take the chance? From what the therapist told me, it seems MOs are beginning to order more therapy (maybe because they see patients longer term?). And surgeons continue to poo-poo the idea unless a large number are removed.