No relief from tightness and pain after mastectomy?

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Question from Patti: I had a double mastectomy August '05. I still have tightness and pain throughout the area. I have been through physical therapy, but no relief. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. The tightness and pain is probably secondary to scar tissue. Physical therapy is really the first line to address that. There are alternative methods to deal with chronic pain or tightness. Some include practices like yoga or acupuncture. Many women have had success with alternative treatments as well.
Linda Miller Any physical therapy may also need to include some deep soft tissue and scar tissue work. The therapist shouldn't be afraid to actually do aggressive soft tissue work if that's indicated.

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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