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How likely am I to develop lymphedema after surgery?

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  • Studies have found that the greater the number of lymph nodes removed, the greater the risk of developing lymphedema. Standard lymph node removal involves removal of level 1 and level 2 nodes, which may average 15-20 nodes. For many women, sentinel node biopsy may be the only procedure needed, which has a risk of less than 5% for leading to visible lymphedema.
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