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So I've opted for a SLNB with my WLE and am awaiting the appointment to come through. I'm extremely anxious about the risk of lymphedema following the surgery and feel like it's bound to happen to me! I'm stressing out more over it than the melanoma!
Has anyone suffered from lymphedema following SLNB and, if so, was it permanent?
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Hi MH20, in the absence of someone replying to you with experience of lymphoedema, I thought I’d pop in to say it’s something I was concerned about when I had my lymph node in my groin removed, I think it’s more likely when you have a full lymph node dissection, and even then it’s not a done deal that you will get lymphoedema.
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The risk of lymphoedema was the main thing that worried me about having a SLNB. When I went for my pre-op I quizzed my surgeon about it and he said that he'd done more than 500 SLNBs and only a couple of people had had long term lymphoedema caused by it. I decided that since he had a good track record to go ahead and I didn't have any problems.
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Hi MH20 I noticed that the ask an expert lympoedema is open at the moment it might be worth a read of some of the questions and answers in there and seeing if you wants put a question in their yourself. I’ve put the link below.
Thanks for replying everyone. I'm still worried but it's something I'll just have to get over I think.
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