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Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Dorsetlass hope you start to feel better soon too. I’ve been doing my exercises and moved around more today hoping that the swelling will drain naturally. Our breast care nurses don’t work at the weekend. I’m going to go to the breast care  drop in clinic on Tuesday if it gets any worse. I am back there on Thursday to get the results from the operation. So will then know what further treatment I will be having x

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Sunflower14,

I hope you are feeling slightly better today? If you are worried at all, call your breast care nurses. I am now 4 and a half weeks post surgery and am still having the open wound packed and dressed on a daily basis. I've been told that I have a sinus wound and that it could take a further 2 months to completely heal and close. Of course this should never have happened and I put it down to having the mastectomy in 'day surgery' and the lack of after care.

Take care of yourself,

dorsetlass x

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Dorsetlass I have just replied to your post of wound burst post. It sounds like what happened to you was the same care I received. I’m a week post op now and I’m extremely sore and I have swollen fluid filled flesh according to my BC nurse. I feel completely exhausted too. X

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Sunflower14,

I know how you feel. I also had my surgery in a 'day surgery' slot in July 2019. I think it's ridiculous, I felt so unwell as I came round and throughout the day and had to be wheeled to the car in a wheelchair by my partner when I left the hospital.

I had breast cancer 19 years ago and had a lumpectomy; I was in hospital for 10 days with a drain.

 

My surgery this time was for a left mastectomy & sentinel lymph node biopsy. The surgeon told me the 3 nodes they had removed were the closest ones to the tumour and were checked to see if the cancer had spread.

 

I have had complications since the surgery, partly due to it being done in 'day surgery' and also due to a lack of after care. I hope your recovery is going well and that you are receiving lots of support and care.

Best wishes,

dorsetlass

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Sunflower.

 

Well done for getting through the surgery. An alternative explanation may be what I had done with ultrasound the week before surgery - three punch biopsies in the one sentinel node which is the first port of call for rogue bc cells. When mine all came back positive, it was a clear indicator I needed a full axillary clearance along with the mastectomy. It certainly helps determine what further tests you need and what will be included in your future treatment plan (from not much to the whole caboodle). Perhaps it would be wise either to ring your breast care nurse and ask or to ring the team here who are really helpful, no matter what pours out of you unexpectedly when presented with a sympathetic ear!

 

I specifically requested not being kept in overnight - interesting how we are all different in our needs and wishes. 

 

Good luck with your recovery x

 

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Re: Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Hi Sunflower14,

 

I hope you are feeling better.  They do like to get us home quickly - I just wanted to get back to my bed and not be in a ward with everyone else.  The 3x most likely means they removed 3 lymph nodes - the sentinel lymph node is the first node that lymph fluid drains to from the lump, and in your case maybe you had 3 lymph nodes very close together so they removed all 3.  We all have slightly different numbers and placement of lymph nodes around and in our armpits - I had all my lymph nodes taken on my right side - 16 - yet a work colleague had 48 removed. 

 

Wishing you a good recovery.  

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Left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy

Yesterday I had a left mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy. The anaesthetic left me feeling really quite poorly and feel I shouldn’t have been discharged on the day. The op was a day case. 

 

I have noticed on the discharge sheet that I had a left mastectomy with 3 x sentinel node biopsy.  What does 3x mean is that 3 lymph nodes have been removed?