Hi, it's been years since I posted here. Not expecting to hear a response since this message board doesn't seem active any more, but I will give it a try anyway. I am having a complete reverse shoulder replacement on my left shoulder at the end of the month. It is the same side I had breast cancer, removal of 24 lymph nodes resulting in lymphedema, 13 years ago.
I had my right shoulder replaced 6 years ago and it didn't affect my lymphedema at all, but this time it is a concern. I have read on this site where others had their hips replaced and did well. The point was raised that non use or limited use of a limb is not good for lymphedema either. That is my reason for my surgery, my rotator cuff is so badly torn that I can no longer reach out or to the side. I can only move slightly forward and bend at my elbow.
I know I am taking a risk, a risk of increasing the swelling, of infection of even losing my arm, but I can't live the way I am either. I drive very little, to work and short errands because I know the roads, allow plenty of time to get where I am going and plan every move. Because of the impact on my driving I don't feel I can safely drive further. Surgery will allow me to move my arm again, giving me normal control over the steering wheel.
I don't know if anyone on this board has ever had experience having a surgery on their shoulder of a lymphedema arm, but I hope to let you all know how it goes for me in the hope of helping others. I am 63, they tell me I am young to have this surgery, not having had an accident. I have a genetic issue with my tendons. I don't wear garments, my lymphedema seemed very stable without them and one of the reasons I stopped wearing them was because of that.
Any comments are welcome. This is a wonderful site and I am thankful for what I have learned in the past and hope to learn in the future.