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Breast Cancer

Post surgery numbness

06/12/2009

Question:

Bilateral mastectomy and sentinel node removal on 4/14/09. Total numbness in the breast area currently. Will any sensation return over time? If yes, any idea on when is may begin to happen? Is "normal" sensation a possiblity over time or will the breast just "look" normal but have no feeling? Thank you.

Answer:

Numbness is very common after any surgery.  The area of numbness often shrinks with time, but some numbness may in fact be permanent.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University