Resource: Basic Expectations Post-Surgery
Breast Cancer Movement • 4m 20s
Always, always check with your surgeon. These are generalized expectations.
• Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy (with or without sentinel node removal). No activity that jostles breasts for 2 weeks. Range of motion as tolerated beginning 1-2 days post-surgery.
• Axillary Node Dissection. Elevate your arm to decrease swelling for at least 2 weeks. Avoid repetitive lifting for at least 2 weeks. Avoid heavy lifting (>2-5 lbs) for at least 4 weeks.
• Mastectomy without Reconstruction. Range of motion as tolerated even with drains in. Low impact as tolerated. Avoid heavy lifting 4-6 weeks.
• Mastectomy with Reconstruction. Do not lift shoulders higher than shoulder level or 90 degrees until cleared by surgeon. Low impact for at least 4-6 weeks. Avoid heavy lifting for at least 4-6 weeks
• Recommendations vary greatly depending on surgeon and type of reconstruction.
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Resource: Helpful Insights
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Resource: Lymphedema Exercises
Make sure you are cleared by your surgeon to exercise. Use 1-2 lb weights, or no weights if it increases discomfort.
-Ball Squeezes with Arm Extended
-Biceps Curl (sit or stand)
-Lying Triceps Extension
-Lying Shoulder Fly
-Standing/Sitting Shoulder Flexion (Front shoulder raises)