Axillary Lymph Node Dissection


What is a lumpectomy and axillary lymph node dissection?

A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure for removal of a cancerous lump from a woman’s breast. Axillary lymph node dissection is removal of the lymph nodes under the armpit. These procedures are treatment for breast cancer.

What happens after axillary lymph node dissection?

You may have some mild swelling in your arm right after your surgery. This swelling may last for up to 6 weeks, but it’s temporary and will gradually go away. You may also feel pain or other sensations, such as twinges and tingling, after your surgery

How long does axillary lymph node dissection take to heal?

You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in 3 to 6 weeks. It will also depend on the type of work you do and any further treatment. You may be able to take showers (unless you have a drain in your incision) 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Pat the cut (incision) dry.