Part 2 – The surgery… this is actually kinda scary to me…
Originally posted on wobblenot:
I’m a tennis player. I love the sport and play in USTA tennis leagues. I couldn’t believe it when my surgeon described to me another surgical procedure that would threaten my ability to play tennis with my dominant arm.
Prior to and during the lumpectomy, there were a lot of “ifs.” The one that concerned me most was if cancer cells had entered the sentinel node, my surgeon would do an axillary lymph node dissection. The dissection involves scooping out lymph nodes under the armpit and testing them for cancer. The procedure would leave my arm forever at risk of lymphedema. My surgeon would find out what she needed to know through surgery pathology reports.
The Nightmare Scenario: pumping fluid daily from a perpetually swollen arm, having limited arm mobility, and wearing a compression sleeve and glove 24/7.
My health care provider’s literature explained that lymphedema may not…
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