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Recovery after a wide excision and sentinel node biopsy for melanoma.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:51 AM
Hi I am wondering how others have recovered after this procedure. I had a wide excision from my back about 8cm x2 cm and 2 sentinel nodes removed from under my right arm on Thursday and I've been in bed ever since!
The pain on my back is not bad and under my arm only hurts if I move my arm, but I am shattered! I thought I'd be back at work tomorrow but am not sure.
Also wondering if anyone else who has been through it can tell me how long it took to get your results through?
Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:53 PM
Hi 30bt, sorry to hear you are going through this. I had almost exactly this done in May 2011 (primary melanoma on back, 3 nodes identified, 1 groin, 2 right axilla).
It is hard to recall exactly how I was. I know that the sites of the node removals tended to sting quite a bit, the excision site on the back was not too bad at all, just a bit tight. I had mine done as day surgery, and I don't think I was under a full-on deep GA, because the procedure didn't go overly long. I'm pretty sure I was done on a Friday, and was back to work perhaps the Weds or Thurs following?
Just remember it isn't only the anaesthetic that affects you, this is a really emotionally draining thing, being told you have something potentially nasty that has to be dealt with by some fairly significant surgery. Even though you might think you've approached it without too much anxiety, deep down it's probably acting on you.
My results were through in about a week, maybe 8-9 days.
If you want any further information or just want to talk please feel free to PM me.
All the best,
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