Side-effects may occur for up to 6-8 weeks after the procedure and will usually only affected the limb that was isolated and treated. If you do have any side-effects, it is important to let your medical team know.
You will likely have some pain and feel uncomfortable after the operation particularly when you are moving about. You will be given painkillers to take regularly for a few weeks. Please let your medical team know if you are still in pain despite the painkillers as they could prescribe something stronger.
Swelling and redness
Your limb may become red and swollen which usually happens a couple of days after your treatment. The swelling will gradually settle after about 4-6 weeks and the redness will fade, however, this can take longer and there may be some permanent change to your skin colour.
You will lose the hair on the limb that was treated, but this will slowly grow back again.
There may be some changes to your nails in the treated limb including them coming off completely. If this happens, a new nail will grow again.
Numbness or tingling
Dependent on which limb was treated, you may get numbness or tingling in your foot or hand. Please let your medical team know. This usually improves over a number of months.
Risk of blood clots
As the blood flow to your limb was altered, you are at risk of a blood clot while you recover. You will be monitored while you are in hospital and should let your medical team know if you have pain in your limb.
Very rarely, some chemotherapy may reach other parts of your body which may mean that your side-effects aren’t just I the limb as anticipated. You will be told after the procedure if this may have happened and your will likely stay a bit longer in hospital so you can be monitored carefully.
This is a possible long-term side-effect where your limb will feel swollen. Lymphoedema is a build up of lymph fluid which is usually drained away by the lymphatic system. Lymphoedema is usually managed by compression bandages, exercise of the limb or specialised massage.
If you have any worries or concerns, please contact your medical team or call our: