Axillary Node Dissection

Axillary Node Dissection

This procedure involves the removal of the axillary (armpit) lymph nodes.

Axillary node dissection is typically a component of many mastectomy procedures. In a lumpectomy the node dissection involves a separate incision in the armpit area. After the nodes have been removed they are examined under a microscope in order to determine if the cancer has extended beyond the breast tissue.

Following an axillary node dissection there are a few side effects that women should be aware of. Ten to twenty percent of women experience lymphedema (swelling of the arm). This should be communicated to your physician as soon as it is noticed.

Some women find that certain areas of their upper arms become numb and lack the sensation that they are accustomed to. It is also possible for a woman to experience limitations in her shoulder and arm movement. This limitation can be temporary or permanent depending on the patient.

  • Saturday, 05 May 2012