Weight limit for carrying things after surgery?

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Question from Rickey: You're told not to carry your purse, packages, etc. on your surgery side. How long can you not carry anything? Or is there a weight limit?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Immediately post-operatively, one should take precautions to allow the incision to heal without incident and not disrupt any incision or drain. But longer-term, this should not be a restriction.
Linda Miller There's never been any research that looks at specific weight limits or weight restrictions. Often times these numbers have been picked randomly or from anecdotal reports. As I've stressed several times before in tonight's talk, there's no reason why women cannot go back and use their limb as normally and as functionally as needed. The key would be to return to any of these activities gradually. Long-term activity restriction is not supported in any lymphedema research.

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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