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Stage III melanoma
captainsleepy posted:
I have a stage III melanoma and surgeon wants to remove lymph
nodes in left arm area. Has anyone out there had lymph nodes
removed and what were the side effects of this operation.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello and Welcome captainsleepy,

I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. While waiting for possible member or expert response I wanted to pass along this information -

Lymph Node Removal for Melanoma
Lymph Node Biopsy

Please keep us posted and let us know your experience. Wishing you a comfortable recovery,
MomofWilliamskid responded:
I have had a sentinel node biopsy. They removed 7 lymph nodes. The SEs can be lynphedema and/or cording. If they do a sentinel node biopsy your chances of getting lymphedema are reduced. Lymphedema is a swelling of the arm. Cording is just feels like a giant cord is in your arm and it hurts to extend it or do other movements. I have had cording in my arm and an extremely mild case of lymphedema. Both went away with treatment. So no worrries. I am pretty much back to doing everything I used to do. Its been 2 years since my node removal.
vickijoys responded:
I had a sentinel lymph node removed in San Francisco, they sent me to a place in the city that uses a machine to define the closest lymph node to the site of the melanoma, so you only have to lose one lymph node for the diagnosis. This was through UCSF No side effects at all

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