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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...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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5 ears ago mum had radical mastectomy in left breast.despite docs warnings she exercised and beared havy weights with left and which us now so swollen?

5 ears ago mum had radical mastectomy in left breast.despite docs warnings she exercised and beared havy weights with left and which us now so swollen?

Swelling in arm near: mastectomy site is unfortunately a risk factor. Your mom may have a condition called lymphedema, wherein lymph fluid collects because some lymph glads have been removed. Encourage your mom to discuss this w/her doctor. There are treatments for it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is mastectomy like?

What is mastectomy like?

Unpleasant: Mastectomy is done for tumors of the breast. It is not something looked forward to. The result depends upon the extent of the tumor, adjacent spread and the need for chemotherapy and radiation. Unless there is reconstruction, it leaves a flat covering of skin where there used to be protrusion. Most have simultaneous reconstruction which can be very cosmetically helpful. ...Read more

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How is a mastectomy performed?

How is a mastectomy performed?

New options: There are many different types of mastectomies. A nipple sparing mastectomy allows the nipple and skin to be left in place and then the plastic surgeon can do reconstruction. The results are great with less scarring than traditional mastectomy. Make sure you are offered reconstruction and speak with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is double mastectomy like?

Check out the : Cancer survivors network on-line to hear first hand. ...Read more

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What exactly is a mastectomy bra?

Individualized item: A mastectomy bra is usually fitted by a lady who is a trained specialist and is able to measure each patient and determine their size and options. It can hold a breast prosthesis for cosmetic purposes and can help in recovery after mastectomy surgery. ...Read more

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What happens during a mastectomy?

What happens during a mastectomy?

Removal of breast: Removal of breast tissue and some adjacent tissues depending on the type of mastectomy. ...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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How does a mastectomy fitter work?

By selling products: Most have been trained on the job by a mentor some actually have had themselves a mastectomy or lumpectomy for even better first hand advise the measure and fit and judge and tweak using various manufactor's prosthesis and bras. You by feel have the final say they also act as counselors- as noted -some have been through this themselves. It really pays to find a good fitter from the start. ...Read more

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Where can I find a mastectomy bra?

Where can I find a mastectomy bra?

Specialty store: There are bra specialty store that do fittings. The american cancer society has resources. Nordstrom 's has products as well. Your oncology team or navigator should be able to provide you with local resources. ...Read more

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What exactly is a mastectomy fitter?

What exactly is a mastectomy fitter?

A helper: I believe that what you are describing is a person who herself may have had mastectomy surgery or someone who is familiar with a breast prostheses that a person can wear after mastectomy. The fitter would help someone pick the beast fitting bra and prosthesis after a mastectomy. ...Read more

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For how long does a mastectomy take?

Two hours on average: The actual length of the operation depends on the type of mastectomy performed and the type of lymph node procedure that is performed at the same time. Immediate reconstruction (if planned) must also be factored in. But in general, the mastectomy operation takes about 2 hours with wound closure taking up about 1/4 of the time. ...Read more

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I need to know what is a mastectomy?

Surgical resection: Of breast. It has several versions: subcutaneous (for gynecomastia), partial, simple (or total), modified radical, or, rarely, radical. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a mastectomy?

What can I expect after a mastectomy?

Moderate pain: For 2-3 days, transverse scar about 7 inches long, loss of breast mound, plastic drain tubes for about five days less painful to remove than one may expect, grieving process ranging from minimal to severe, significant amelioration with reconstruction. ...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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Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risks. A patient and a physician must weigh the risks and benefits. Please talk with your physician about the and benefits specific to your case. ...Read more

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How long does a double mastectomy take?

How long does a double mastectomy take?

2-5 hours.: The length of surgery is dependent on the technique (simple-, modified radical-, nipple sparing-, etc) and whether reconstruction is performed simultaneously. A bilateral simple mastectomy alone may take less than 2 hours; this time may increase 1-3 hours with reconstruction. ...Read more

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How soon can you swim after mastectomy?

3-4 weeks: Usually your drains are removed in about 1-2 weeks time. I would suggest waiting another 2 weeks to assure adeqaute healing before swimming. You may shower though, after the drains are out. Of course all depends on your wound healing process. Please follow your surgeon's advice. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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