Groin lymph node removal - post op problems

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3/15/2011 10:19am
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Almost 3 weeks have passed since I've had the superficial lymph nodes removed in my groin.  I had some of my staples removed last Friday and everything looked good. This morning, I felt a lump just above the suture line which is very painful and even hurts when I cough.  During surgery, they found 1 lymph node positive for melanoma, but I'm still awaiting the results from the other 17 that were removed.  I also had a PET scan that revealed NED.  That being said, could this hardened lump be a recurrence of the melanoma so soon after surgery and if so, is it normal to be this painful?  I've placed a call into my surgeon just to be on the safe side, but wanted to know if any of you have experienced this?   It's hard not to be paranoid about these things when you've been recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma, but it could also be a bunch of other things that arn't cancer.

Thanks!

Lisa

Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

I'd think the lump is more likely to be a cyst, hematoma or seroma.  Have your drains been removed?  If so, you are still trying to develop new drainage paths for the lymph fluid.   It often builds up and creates a fluid pocket before it  finally develops a new way to drain.  This can happen at any point during the healing process. Certainly talk to your doctor, but seromas are common after LNDs.  Scar tissue can also cause lumps and pain.  I wouldn't jump to any conclusions because there are plenty of benign common ones more likely than a recurrence at this point.

Best wishes,

Janner

Hi Lisa, I had a lot of pain after my groin lymph node dissection. It's not uncommon for people to have chronic pain after that particular surgery. In my case I had a seroma (fluid filled large mass) which eventually got smaller but I ended up with a hardened area where the seroma was. I also have a lot of scar tissue. I'm 6 years out from my groin lymph node dissection and haven't had a recurrence. You should discuss your issues with your doctor but there is every reason to think this isn't a recurrence. Also, I should mention that I still had surgical drains in at the point you are at and although they were removed at 4 weeks the drains had to go back in. I had them for an unusual length of time but 3 or 4 weeks isn't that unusual in terms of continuing to need drainage. Best of luck, Carver

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Hi Carver,

I'm meeting with my surgeon tomorrow to discuss the elongated lump above my sutures - she said it could be a glanduloma, but at least she's getting me in ASAP.  I still have my drain in - going on almost 3 weeks. Still lots of fluid draining, so I suspect another 10 days or so.  I should also be receiving my pathology results from my wide excision and the 19 lymph nodes removed.  1 had cancer when they took it out, the others of course are being researched.  Once I know everything, I can start planning treatment which may be radiation, followed by Interferon (1 month) or a clinical trial.

I hope and pray that I can have a success story just like you. Beating the odds and clearing that 5 year mark, must have felt like a huge accomplishment to you - Best of luck to you too! Lisa 

Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

Hi Carver,

I'm meeting with my surgeon tomorrow to discuss the elongated lump above my sutures - she said it could be a glanduloma, but at least she's getting me in ASAP.  I still have my drain in - going on almost 3 weeks. Still lots of fluid draining, so I suspect another 10 days or so.  I should also be receiving my pathology results from my wide excision and the 19 lymph nodes removed.  1 had cancer when they took it out, the others of course are being researched.  Once I know everything, I can start planning treatment which may be radiation, followed by Interferon (1 month) or a clinical trial.

I hope and pray that I can have a success story just like you. Beating the odds and clearing that 5 year mark, must have felt like a huge accomplishment to you - Best of luck to you too! Lisa 

Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

Hi Carver,

I'm meeting with my surgeon tomorrow to discuss the elongated lump above my sutures - she said it could be a glanduloma, but at least she's getting me in ASAP.  I still have my drain in - going on almost 3 weeks. Still lots of fluid draining, so I suspect another 10 days or so.  I should also be receiving my pathology results from my wide excision and the 19 lymph nodes removed.  1 had cancer when they took it out, the others of course are being researched.  Once I know everything, I can start planning treatment which may be radiation, followed by Interferon (1 month) or a clinical trial.

I hope and pray that I can have a success story just like you. Beating the odds and clearing that 5 year mark, must have felt like a huge accomplishment to you - Best of luck to you too! Lisa 

Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit