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Swelling in armpit after surgery


Re: Swelling in armpit after surgery

Hello GatehouseJ

Thanks for your post about the swelling under your arm after surgery.

It’s not unusual for this to happen after surgery to the lymph nodes and is usually due to a seroma. This will settle over time but as it is painful now you may want to take regular pain relief. Sometimes putting a small pillow or something soft under your arm can also help to ease the discomfort. You can contact your breast care nurse or treatment team on Monday to let them know as they may want to see you before your next appointment.

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Swelling in armpit after surgery

Hi All. I just wanted to ask if what I have is normal or not? I have quite substantial swelling under my armpit following my surgery which was on the 4th Jan. I had a cancerous lump removed from my breast as well as lymph node sampling. I have a bit of pain in the back of my upper arm but nothing further. No other swelling elsewhere. Just worried this swelling in my armpit is something that should be treated further? 

Thank you