allarxy node clearence

hi can someone help as im haveing op on 27 dec for node clearence and iv been told i well be in pain after could some one reply whats had this done as i carnt stop thinking i well be in pain after and how long dose the op take thank you

Hi Daisy 123,

I had lumpectomy and axillar clearance - 13 nodes I think removed. Very little pain. My last worry really. Had operation on Friday eve and by Sunday lunch time I was shopping with my lovely sister who was there for me. Don’t worry about the pain.

Best of luck


Hi Daisy.
I had lumpectomy and axillary node clearance last Weds 12th Dec, and it was not as bad as I feared. I had a drain for the first 5 days which was a bit of a nuisance, but 8 days on I’m pretty much back to normal other than having a stiff numb arm. Best of luck to you. X

I am also having the same on jan 10th and have been wondering about the procedure and how long it will be before I can go back to work. As I’m in quite a lot of pain anyway I may not notice much difference.

thank you all for replying i feel a lot better now yes lottie63 thank for advice on exercises this is really a good forum i was so crying all the time but you have all made me feel better and good luck with all your treatments xxx

Hi Daisy - I agree with what’s been said above. Just take care not to overdo things though. I set myself back by doing too much too soon. I used the BCC DVD - Getting fitter, Feeling Stronger - which was very useful. I did the arm exercises first thing in the morning, lunchtime and early evening. It made me feel much better by getting my arm going again and I soon knew when I was due to do the exercises again.

I would advise getting something to support your arm when in bed. I used a camping pillow, which was just about the right size. Also make sure you do the other things recommended, such as washing and moisturising your arm.

I think my op took about 1 1/2 hours to remove the tumour and all my lymph nodes from the one side. The drain I had for about 5 days. As others have said, it’s more of a nuisance than anything, just because you have to carry it around in a bag everywhere you go!

Best of luck with the op and further treatments.

thank you all for your replys put my mind at rest and good luck to you all xx