See physical therapist before surgery?

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Question from Xaniella: Is there a benefit to seeing a physical therapist before having a mastectomy and lymph nodes removed?
Answers - Linda Miller I think a one-time consultation prior to surgery is an excellent idea. The therapist can take baseline measurements of both arms so that any post-operative changes can be detected. It's also a good time to get questions about lymphedema and return to activity answered. The therapist can also review some simple range of motion exercises that can be done once the drains are removed but before you actually get out to an outpatient therapist.

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.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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