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How long for a seroma from a Sentinel Node Biopsy to resolve?
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    B. Guest

    Default How long for a seroma from a Sentinel Node Biopsy to resolve?

    My wife had a sentinel node biopsy (removal of 2 nodes) in November
    2006 as a result of a positiive biopsy for a < .5 mm Stage 1 tubular
    carcinoma 100% HRP. She underwent a 6 week course of radiation which
    ended on Feb. 15th. Five months out from the biopsy she is still
    experiencing considerable pain and swelling at the SNB incision site.
    The resulting seroma was drained twice; the first time a week after
    the surgery; the second three weeks post op. The swelling and hardness
    have decreased considerably (from roughly the size of a plum to that
    of al almond) but she is still experiencing considerable pain and
    swelling at the site? Her surgeon has essantially washed her hands of
    her case at this point and Has anyone esperienced a similarly long
    length of healing from this procedure? Should we press to have the
    seroma drained again? Any comments or advice from those who have been
    trhough this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Tim Jackson Guest

    Default Re: How long for a seroma from a Sentinel Node Biopsy to resolve?

    B. wrote:
    > My wife had a sentinel node biopsy (removal of 2 nodes) in November
    > 2006 as a result of a positiive biopsy for a < .5 mm Stage 1 tubular
    > carcinoma 100% HRP. She underwent a 6 week course of radiation which
    > ended on Feb. 15th. Five months out from the biopsy she is still
    > experiencing considerable pain and swelling at the SNB incision site.
    > The resulting seroma was drained twice; the first time a week after
    > the surgery; the second three weeks post op. The swelling and hardness
    > have decreased considerably (from roughly the size of a plum to that
    > of al almond) but she is still experiencing considerable pain and
    > swelling at the site? Her surgeon has essantially washed her hands of
    > her case at this point and Has anyone esperienced a similarly long
    > length of healing from this procedure? Should we press to have the
    > seroma drained again? Any comments or advice from those who have been
    > trhough this would be greatly appreciated.
    >


    Show it to her GP. He can always refer her back to the surgeon if he
    thinks there is a problem. Remember I'm not a doctor, I'm just a guy
    with an opinion on everything who likes to talk.

    I've heard of people taking quite a long time to heal, and radiation
    tends to slow down the healing, but it does seem quite a long time.

    It'll probably go away in time, but if there is redness, hotness or it
    becomes hard then I'd be more concerned about possible infection.

    What sort of pain are we talking about? Is it locally touch-sensitive,
    sore when pressed, or is it more like range-of-motion pains? It may be
    unrelated to the seroma. Pain from nerve damage (usually sharp and
    touch or motion sensitive) is quite common with any surgery, and can
    take six months to two years to fade to an ignore-able level, and may
    never go away completely.


    Tim Jackson

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    Jeannette Guest

    Default Re: How long for a seroma from a Sentinel Node Biopsy to resolve?


    "B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > My wife had a sentinel node biopsy (removal of 2 nodes) in November


    I too had a SNB- I think I had about 11 nodes removed.
    I had a drain in the axillary area for about 4 weeks- drained copious
    amounts of serous fluid. It became clogged, and the surgeon pulled it (to
    my relief- it was painful).
    Unfortunately after the drain was removed ,I developed seroma after seroma-
    I went in weekly for probably 6 weeks to have it aspirated (drained). It
    would grow to lemon sized. It finally stopped- but this was at least 3
    months post surgery.
    We all heal differently. My surgeon had never seen the likes of my
    situation before.
    Hope this helps some.
    Jeannette



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    x{yz}[email protected] Guest

    Default Re: How long for a seroma from a Sentinel Node Biopsy to resolve?

    On Sun, 8 Apr 2007 19:07:17 -0700, "Jeannette" <[email protected]>
    wrote:
    >"B." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >> My wife had a sentinel node biopsy (removal of 2 nodes) in November

    >
    > I think I had about 11 nodes removed.


    I had 4 removed

    >I had a drain in the axillary area for about 4 weeks- drained copious
    >amounts of serous fluid. It became clogged, and the surgeon pulled it (to
    >my relief- it was painful).


    I had a drain for 10 days.

    >Unfortunately after the drain was removed ,I developed seroma after seroma-
    >I went in weekly for probably 6 weeks to have it aspirated (drained). It
    >would grow to lemon sized. It finally stopped- but this was at least 3
    >months post surgery.


    I had exactly the same experience, except that my seroma was enormous
    and was aspirated by the District Nurse who visited me every other day.
    I was very worried about it, as it delayed my chemotherapy by a couple
    of months.

    Finally I developed a breast abscess, which burst, and which was a very
    distressing and traumatic experience. The consultant's registrar opened
    the wound up and excised it and thereafter I had no further trouble.

    >We all heal differently. My surgeon had never seen the likes of my
    >situation before.


    My surgeon seemed to think it was something which happened occasionally.


    --
    It's easier to get forgiveness than permission. - Banksy

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