What to expect after Axillary Lymph Node Dissection?
The patient might feel weakness immediately after surgery and shoulder area might feel sore and stiff for a few days. A physiotherapist will teach the patient some arm exercises. There are chances of tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness, or lymphoedema (swelling of the arm) in the affected arm. The scars fade over time. The patient can go back to normal life in 4- 6 weeks. An axillary node dissection may be done at the same time as other breast cancer surgeries. If this is the case, your recovery time may vary.
Dr. Monika will give more specific instructions to the patient and family about recovering from the surgery like diet, wound care, follow-up care, and driving, etc.