Bruising post slnb

Hi , i had wle & slnb last friday . Although no pain as such , the slnb site is quite tender ( no redness or swelling or signs of infection ) but its uncomfortable with my upper arm touching the area ? Any tips

I think many of us who have had this procedure have experienced more pain and discomfort.fort in the SNLB area than in the breast itself . I found I got discomfort in my armpit and upper arm when sitting - doing the post - op exercises while sitting seemed to help . Have you been given a little heart shaped cushion ? I didn’t get one so can’t explain how it goes but if you don’t have one you could try asking your BCN about it as everyone on here who has had one seem to highly recommend them and I think they are supposed to help with the problem you are having .


I wasn’t given one of those cushions either, but I found a small soft squishy cushion at home which stayed wedged in my armpit almost permanently for a few weeks. I totally remember the pain. Numb, scrubbed, burning, with a couple of days like there’s a square edged box pressed in the armpit.

I used a small squishy cushion under the arm for many weeks, day & night to relieve the area.


Had a heart shaped cushion after mastectomy. A life-saver! You can buy them online £10.95 - Etsy. I will use it again after axillary clearance which is soon. x

Hello chezza1

Thanks for posting. As @JoanneN says, many women experience a tenderness and discomfort in the area where they had a sentinel node lymph biopsy.

It’s normal to have some pain or discomfort in the weeks after surgery, and it may take several months for the affected area to feel normal again. In some cases, the affected area will always feel a little different.

Using a small cushion as suggested by @isitreallyme, @chillout365 and @countrygirl1 can sometimes help relieve the pressure and give some comfort. You may also want to try some simple pain medication. If the discomfort continues after a few weeks, we would suggest you talk to your breast care nurse or treatment team.

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