Info on post-mastectomy exercises?


Question from Sheree: I am a breast health navigator in Ft. Worth, TX. There seems to be little information on exercises post-mastectomy with the exception of the ACS booklet. Is your educational program available for use at other facilities? I have several patients who are frustrated with the lack of knowledge of what exercise routines or programs they should do post-mastectomy.
Answers - Linda Miller I have educated many facilities around the country with how to address post-operative complications after breast cancer. If you want to contact me directly, I have a fair bit of information I can provide you to disseminate to your patients. Programs sometimes need to be altered, depending on whether reconstruction, or which type of reconstruction, has been performed. That's one reason why just giving a protocol exercise program is difficult.

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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