- Question from Nan W: How does driving or lifting heavy things affect my arm or cause any kind of problems with the area where I got the surgery?
- Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. You should be properly healed before lifting or extending to full range of motion. Once healing has occurred, we encourage strengthening and stretching exercises to get you back to your baseline as much as possible.
- Linda Miller I think the key here is to get a gradual return to activity. Most women can return to the full function, but need to return gradually.
On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called After Surgery: Short-term and Long-term Effects. Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answered your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.
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