Hello, I’m new on here and would welcome your views.
Eighteen years ago I had breast cancer and as part of my treatment I had all my lymph nodes removed from my right armpit. Last year in the hot summer I developed lymphoedema in my right arm for the first time. I am currently under a local lymphoedema clinic and have worn religiously various compression sleeves and also undergone a period of strapping. The strapping did initially reduce the swelling but I now seem to have plateaued out. I’m reluctant to have more strapping as during the last period of strapping the bandaging was so tight it damaged the nerves in my hand and I continue to have a numbness and pins and needles sensation in my thumb and ring finger.
LVA micro surgery treatment has been suggested as a potential option, although I would need to self fund as apparently it’s not available on the NHS in England. (It is in Wales, but moving house is not on the cards!)
Has anyone on here undergone this surgery. Does it work? Did you have to pay? What is a realistic expectation of the costs involved?