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Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Prevent recurrence: There's growing evidence that exercise, weight loss and even fasting can increase cure rates and help in primary and secondary (recurrence) prevention of breast cancer. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more


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After a robotic hysterectomy surgery can you use a waist training corset?

After a robotic hysterectomy surgery can you use a waist training corset?

See details: After you have recovered completely, you should be able to wear one. ...Read more

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How early after a double mastectomy can I start wearing a mastectomy bra?

How early after a double mastectomy can I start wearing a mastectomy bra?

Once wound heals: May take 3 wks , in some may take longer speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Up to the patient: This is a complex question, but in almost all cases the choice is up to the patient. Reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or later on; both have advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend consultation with one or more plastic surgeons experienced in breast reconstruction to explore the options in your particular case. ...Read more

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Can I lift weights after having a first rib resection surgery?

Can I lift weights after having a first rib resection surgery?

Brachial plexopathy: Should ask the surgeon since he has seen how free the plexusl is. I assume you did this to relieve the symptoms with overhead activities. So, I would lift to chest level cautiously and, if symptom-free GRADUALLY proceed toward overhead lifts-- even when supine. If this was resection for a tumor, proceed when healed. ...Read more

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What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

Swimming: If the lats were used to reconstruct your breasts, swimming suchs as front crawl may exacerbate pain symtpoms. breast stroke, reverse stroke and doggy paddling should all be well tolerated. In addition, I would not recommend excessive pullup or lat- pull downs ...Read more

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How does the doctor use the lattisimus dorsi for reconstruction of breast after a bi-lateral mastectomy?

How does the doctor use the lattisimus dorsi for reconstruction of breast after a bi-lateral mastectomy?

Breast surgery: Three basic forms of breast reconstruction exist. You can use your own tissue, implants or a combination of the previous two techniques. Your own tissue can be used in the form of the diep flap, pap flap, sgap flap or fat grafting. Implants can be done in one stage or two stage. Two stage reconstructions are started by placing expanders at the time of mastectomy. ...Read more

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Is a muscle pump beneficial after a strength training workout?

Is a muscle pump beneficial after a strength training workout?

??: Sorry but I am not sure what a muscle pump is so obviously i would not know if it might help there a large number of questions on this site regarding ideas & options for making "work outs" more effective or better ECT but in general there is no perfect way of doing things and mostly i would say that the best thing to do is to do a reasonable work out and call it good best of luck. ...Read more

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Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Possibly: With a breast reduction surgery there is a chance that the nerves around the nipple can suffer some trauma that can cause either a temporary or even permanent loss of sensation (numbness). Only time will tell whether this is permanent or not. ...Read more

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After a cystectomy when can I work out, lift weights?

After a cystectomy when can I work out, lift weights?

Gently after 2 month: For 6 months after this surgery, i would avoid lifting weights to avoid increasing intra-abdominal pressure where you are healing from surgery. Walking and level, gentle cycling woud be safer exercise after you have healed and are cleared by you surgeon (6 to 12 weeks post-op). Suspension training (trx) limits mass moved in a workout to body weight--a safe alternative that will tone you well. ...Read more

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How painful is reconstruction after a mastectomy?

How painful is reconstruction after a mastectomy?

Fairly painful: Pain after mastectomy and reconstruction is more severe than after a mastectomy alone. However, the pain threshold and tolerance is very different in different patients. If you are going to have this procedure, your surgeons will prescribe sufficient doses of pain medication to alleviate the pain and make you more comfortable. ...Read more

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Will a lumpectomy remove muscle?

Will  a lumpectomy remove muscle?

Generally not: Lumpectomy for breast cancer is a surgical procedure to remove a small breast cancer and some surrounding normal healthy tissue to be sure the tumor is gone. Generally chest wall muscle is not removed unless the tumor is attached to the muscle. ...Read more

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Would a breast lift require implants every 5-10 years?

Would a breast lift require implants every 5-10 years?

No: A breast does not always require implants. If the patient wants more fullness up top or they are unhappy with their natural volume then they need an implant. It also doesn't always have to be very large. It all depends on the patients needs and wants. ...Read more

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Can i develop a frozen shoulder after a total shoulder replacement operation?

Can i develop a frozen shoulder after a total shoulder replacement operation?

It is possible: Stiffness after surgery can happen after virtually any shoulder procedure. Therapy can help usually. Speak to the surgeon who did the procedure and see if you are where you are supposed to be, from a motion standpoint. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

Lots of ways: There are many options these days for reconstruction; some simple and some complex depending on each patients needs and desires. Talk with a plastic surgeon or try www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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How noticeable is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

Variable: There are a lot of variables involved but in general a double mastectomy is a good situation for reconstruction. That is because it is easier to create two similar breasts than to have to match an existing breast. If possible learn about your reconstruction options before the mastectomy. ...Read more

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Should i lift weights the day after doing polymetric exercises?

Should i lift weights the day after doing polymetric exercises?

You can: As many exercise routines call for a mix of plyometric exercises combined with standard resistance(weight-based) exercises. Listen to your body. You may be sore after plyo's and completing a leg based work out may be difficult. ...Read more

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Can i wear a bra after fibroadenoma excision surgery?

Can i wear a bra after fibroadenoma excision surgery?

Once it is healed: Yes you can wear the bra after 7-10 days from the date of surgery. it takes that long for the incision to heal and for the pain to subside. The degree of pain/discomfort in the breast will serve as your guide. ...Read more

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Would my breasts look the same after a mastectomy + reconstruction?

Breast surgery: Although we can provide very good results with a number of techniques it depends on a number of factors. Please get a consult! ...Read more

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Do men have cosmetic surgery after a mastectomy?

Do men have cosmetic surgery after a mastectomy?

Depends: It depends on the extent of the mastectomy, often times the surgery is done by a plastic surgeon so the closure is done well. ...Read more

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Can they remove the pectoral musle in a voluntary mastectomy?

Depends : It depends on how locally aggressive the cancer is. Most of the time, muscle is not removed. ...Read more

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Could they remove the pectoral musle in a voluntary mastectomy?

Could they remove the pectoral musle in a voluntary mastectomy?

Get 2nd opinion: This procedure of removing the muscle is not considered standard. If there is muscle involvement, then you need chemotherapy before surgery. I recommend you ask more questions and consider finding a breast center to speak with a breast cancer surgeon for options. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the exercises for the arm after a mastectomy?

I was wondering what are the exercises for the arm after a mastectomy?

Post mastectomy: There are multiple exercises in general and for lymphedema prevention and it's best to meet with pt/ot and pmr md experienced in the treatment of this condition. ...Read more

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Does having a mastectomy affect my ability to exercise?

Does having a mastectomy affect my ability to exercise?

Yes: Every patient who has a mastectomy will need at least a few weeks to recover before resuming aerobic exercise. If lymph nodes are removed, the affected arm may be sore for 3-4 weeks and we advise avoiding heavy lifting. If a reconstruction is performed with expanders, use of chest wall muscles will be restricted during the expansion process, but aerobic activity is not a problem.... ...Read more

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What are some exercises chart after mastectomy with reconstruction?

What are some exercises chart after mastectomy with reconstruction?

Check with surgeon: You want to make sure your surgeon is ok with you doing some exercises after your surgery. You may be able to see a physical therapist who could show you the recommended exercises. If you have access to the internet there are some great video demonstrations from memorial sloan-kettering cancer center on youtube.Com--look for exercises after breast surgery with reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long after my mastectomy will i be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before i can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that i won't be able to exercise or c

How long after my mastectomy will i be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before i can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that i won't be able to exercise or c

Different for all: This will depend if you had reconstruction or not. You may have to consult with your surgeon and plastic surgeon to find out their specific instructions. My motto with my patients: "if it feels good, it is okay to do". I like to encourage people getting back into their normal routines. Exercise is great for recovery. You may want to start with walking and then work back up to running. ...Read more

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How long after my mastectomy will i be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before i can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that i won't be able to exercise or c

How long after my mastectomy will i be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before i can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that i won't be able to exercise or c

A few weeks: You may start light exercise in 1-2 weeks. You may gradually increase activities over the next 4-6 weeks. To reach full activities it may take about 2-3 months. However other factors need to be taken into consideration such as reconstruction, any untoward complication and if there is any need for chemotherapy. Your surgeon will be able to give you more specific answers based on your situation. ...Read more

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Could mastectomy is the only option of treatment for paget"s disease?

For best results: Unfortunately it is diffuse diseases , it involves nipple and areola complex , when this area is removed will be cosmetically unacceptable , and is a aggressive disease are the reasons for mastectomy , although wide resection with good margins possible along with chemo-radiation is possible . It is also easier to reconstruct breast after mastectomy , if needed take a second opinion., discuss. ...Read more

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How does mastectomy affect women?

How does mastectomy affect women?

Differently: Some seem not to be bothered at all. These generally include the elderly. Younger women tend to undergo a grieving process but this can be significantly diminished by pursuing reconstruction. Reconstruction techniques are so good these days that the reconstructed breast sometimes looks better than the original. Sensory loss and scars arent usually too troubling. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy a very common procedure?

Is mastectomy a very common procedure?

All too common!: Mastectomy offers no increased chance for cure over lumpectomy; however, mastectomy is necessary/preferred in certain situations: multicentric cancer that grows throughout the breast; women who have the hereditary (brca+)type of ca; women who cannot have radiation therapy (which must be included with lumpectomy for rx).For those that require mastectomy, reconstruction is often an excellent option. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a double mastectomy?

Need more info: This is a very vague question. Without knowing the reason why a double mastectomy has been recommended for you, there is no way to answer that question. Please clarify with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Could you pick up a double mastectomy for free?

Why?: Why would you want to? If cancer is diagnosed, there is coverage for treatment, even if Medicaid. ...Read more

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Could i get mastectomy without having a disease?

No. is criminal: Must have disease to get mastectomy , even in prophylactic mastectomy have abnormal brca genes , with changes in breast architecture, histology , how ever in gender assignment , ( sex change ) female to male breast reduction surgery have to be done , after extensive psychological counseling ...Read more

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What's it like to get a double mastectomy at once?

What's it like to get a double mastectomy at once?

Much like unilateral: Its not so different than a unilateral procedure - more but not necessarily double the discomfort. This may be influenced by reconstruction options chosen or not. One caveat - a tram recon can only be done once (can reconstruct both breasts this way at the same time but not each side at different times). ...Read more

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Could bras exist for women who have had a mastectomy?

Could bras exist for women who have had a mastectomy?

Yes: There are post mastectomy bras. Would encourage you to go in person to a specialty bra store. Up to 85% of american women are wearing incorrect bra size. The professionals at a specialty bra store can ensure that you have the correct band and cup size as well the best design to fit your needs. You will also be taught how to properly settle your breasts into the bra. It is worth the effort. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect when having a mastectomy?

Surprise at wellness: Most women i operate on are surprised at how well they do after a simple mastectomy. In fact I am often asked why it is not an outpatient procedure. More discomfort is associated when you add complete axillary dissection or immediate reconstruction. ...Read more

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What should I need to know about buying a mastectomy bra?

Get fitted: See a prosthetics specialist to be measured and fitted so the bra looks even when worn. Your surgeon should be able to suggest some one you could see. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is safe to perform a diy mastectomy on yourself?

Unlikely: It is a significant procedure, and the anatomy is hard to approach on oneself. Self surgery, in general is not recommended with rare exceptions- lancing a boil? . ...Read more