Bowling increases lymphedema risk?

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Question from Ice Cream: Should I be concerned with getting lymphedema if I continue bowling in a league 3 games per week? I bowl right-handed and my right breast and nodes were removed.
Answers - Linda Miller Lymphedema is always a concern; however, lymph fluid moves with movement, so staying active is an important part of lymph management. The key is to be consistent, do proper warm-up and stretching prior to bowling, and don't dramatically change how much you bowl at any one time.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.

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