Issues to be Considered After Removal of Underarm Lymph Node

1 February 2023 by mubin11560

One of the most important goals of care after breast surgery is to restore the function of the arm on the affected side.


Avoid Arm Injuries;

  • Do not get a needle (injection), blood tests (blood drawing) or vaccination from your arm on the side of your surgery.
  • Do not cut the tissues around the nail of your hand on the operated side and do not have a manicure.
  • Always wear gloves when washing dishes or gardening.
  • Always use gloves in cold weather.
  • When sewing, use a thimble to avoid needle sticking.
  • Use skin moisturizing creams to prevent your hands from cracking.
  • Avoid insect bites, pet bites and nail wounds.


Avoid Squeezing the Arm;

  • Do not have your blood pressure measured on your arm on the operated side.
  • Do not wear tight-fitting cuffs and elasticated clothing that will over tighten your armpits and arms, and do not wear jewelry such as watches, bracelets and rings.
  • Do not carry heavy items, bags and similar loads with your arm on the side of the operation.
  • Do not make movements that require excessive force (pushing, pulling, rubbing, etc.) with your arm on the operated side.


Avoid Burns;

  • Do not smoke with your hand on the operated side.
  • Do not hold hot materials (pots, pans, kettles, etc.) with your hand on the operated side.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen creams.



To minimize the risk of grazes and cuts, use power tools or depilatory creams for arm and armpit hair removal.

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