During a mastectomy, your doctor removed your breast and the lymph nodes from under your arm. You may feel some pain going down your
arm. Your shoulder and arm may be stiff and hard to move. You may also have
some loss of feeling there.
Take good care of your arm on the
side of your surgery. Your doctor or physiotherapist can teach you arm
exercises that will let you move your arm as you always have. But be careful
not to overuse your arm. For example, do not lift anything heavy with your arm
until your doctor says it is okay. The basic exercises described here will help
you start moving your arm.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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