- Question from Messalina: If YOU were having breast surgery next week, what would be your biggest concern about post-surgery, and what precautions (if any) would you be taking to avoid problems?
- Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. That's a good question.
- Linda Miller Working as I do with breast cancer patients, I would share their concerns of developing lymphedema, even though as I said earlier most women do not get it. Probably the most important thing that I would do is to make sure that I get my shoulder motion back to normal as my comfort level dictates, and to get as active as I could as soon as I could.
- Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Embarking on a breast surgery requires that you have a good understanding of what's being done, not only with the surgeon but other members of your team, including the radiation oncologist, medical oncologist and physical therapist. Make sure that your questions are adequately answered and you have realistic expectations.
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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