Post Mastectomy Care & Treatment

Post Mastectomy Care & Treatment

By ADA Medical Supply in Sandy Springs near Atlanta, Georgia

It can take a few weeks to recover from mastectomy surgery, and longer if you have had reconstruction. It’s important to take the time you need to heal.

Post Surgery Care at home...

If the surgeon removed lymph nodes under your arm, there may be a greater chance of swelling in the arm. If possible, do not  use that arm to have your blood pressure taken. If you need blood drawn or injections,  use the other arm. Following are some tips and guidelines to remember:

  • Avoid heavy lifting with your arm on the surgical side
  • Care should be taken when carrying heavy handbags, briefcases, packages, grocery bags, or any other heavy load. Carry heavy items with both arms and hold close to your body. It is best to carry items with a strap over the unaffected side.
  • Follow the instructions of your physician or therapist. Women treated for breast cancer who have good skin care and who exercise after treatment are less likely to develop lymphedema.
  • If possible use an electric shaver when shaving under the arms.
  • Don't cut your cuticles, use lotion to soften them to avoid infection.
  • Take precautions when gardening or cooking, wear gardening gloves or oven mitts to avoid cuts or burns.


Lymphedema

One of the possible side-effects of the mastectomy surgery is Lymphedema. Lymphedema is a problem that may occur after cancer surgery when lymph nodes are removed. Lymphedema can occur months or years after the surgery. It’s a chronic (ongoing) condition that has no cure. But steps can be taken to reduce or relieve symptoms. If left untreated, lymphedema can get worse therefore, it is important to seek treatment right away to lower the risk of infections and complications.

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Patients with lymphedema should wear a well-fitted compression sleeve during all waking hours. At least every 4 – 6 months see your doctor or therapist for follow-up. If the sleeve becomes too loose, most likely the circumference of the arm has reduced or it’s time for a new sleeve.

Allow our staff to help you with the products you will need during your recovery! Contact us online or call and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff members, 678-398-0505.