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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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|10/4/2011||I am having problems with a full-thickness skin necrosis 1 month post bilateral mastectomy and bilateral SNB without reconstruction. Fortunately, nodes were clear, and no further treatment for cancer is required. The wound is 1.5" by 3.5", exposing the pectoral muscle. I also am having problems with seroma, and have a catheter in one side to assist drainage. I have diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, and a history of healing problems, especially with my skin. The wound is presently being treated with simple wet-to-dry dressings. A doctor friend of mine told me she has seen excellent results with acupuncture for patients with healing problems. Is it safe for me to have acupuncture at this point, or would I be safer to tell the acupuncturist not to place any needles in my arms?|
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|10/4/2011||You need your surgeon to approve for you to try acupuncture. so call and ask before getting underway. it will be important for your diabetes to be in good control as there is a direct coorelation between elevated blood sugar levels and poor healing. a referral to a plastic surgeon may be helpful too.|
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