Common Post Mastectomy Issues

Category: Physical Therapy, Women's Health Services

Atlanta GA Doctors for Therapy After Breat SurgeryA mastectomy is the removal of your entire breast. There are five different types of mastectomy procedures.

  • Simple or Total
  • Modified Radical
  • Radical
  • Partial
  • Subcutaneous (Nipple-sparing)

There are many reasons behind why you get a specific type of mastectomy, but the majority of the reasons have to do with breast cancer prevention or removal. A simple or total mastectomy focuses on the breast tissue and your entire breast is removed. No muscles are removed from beneath your breast.

During a modified radical mastectomy your entire breast is removed and axillary lymph node dissection is performed, and no muscles are removed from beneath your breast. If you have invasive breast cancer you will have a radical mastectomy. This is the most extensive type and your entire breast is removed and your lymph nodes are removed in addition to chest wall muscles under your breast.

Partial mastectomy involves the removal of cancerous part of the breast tissue and some normal tissue around it. Nipple-sparing mastectomy involves the removal of all of your breast tissue while your nipple is left alone.

Typical Issues that require rehabilitation after a mastectomy include:

  • Scarring
  • Stiffness
  • Pulling Sensation in your chest and shoulder
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Reaching above your head
  • Compromised mobility in your shoulder girdle and ribs
  • Tightness
  • Weakness
  • Compromised posture

If you are about to have or have had a mastectomy, contact us at Sovereign Rehabilitation in Atlanta. We are proven leaders in post breast surgery therapy.

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