Long-term effects of lymph-node surgery?

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Question from Analog: Was there any data presented about the long-term effects of surgery (limited mobility, implant problems, etc.)? After 8 years of having no problems, I'm now having a lot less mobility in the arm where the lymph nodes were removed—maybe it's scar tissue buildup as we age?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. After an axillary dissection, we know scar tissue exists and for most women it requires continual stretching. If women don't stretch, they can develop reduced range of motion. Some women over time also develop shoulder/rotator cuff/joint problems that may be responsible for limited range of motion as well.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

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