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What about exercise after lumpectomy. & SNB starting to feel a little swollen... Anybody know what to do? Was NOT given a lot of post op instruction

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    anonymous
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    I had SNB a month ago they told me I could shower after a day and to slowly move my arm do it doesn't get stiff. I had a drain at the SNB site for two weeks. If it is swollen you might need to see the Dr so they can manually aspirate you. I hope you aren't feeling too sore.
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  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Hi Carla, I'm not sure bout that, I think you should call surgeons office. I was told to start stretching my arm n back about two weeks after mastectomy.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Carla, Jo's post-op instructions are great. As for the exercise, it depends on what type. Walking would be great.... throwing your arms into the air, might not be a good idea. Weight lifting would be a NO. This is not long term probably a week or two at the most. Contact your doctor's office to check with them to make sure especially about the suspected swelling. Take care, Sharon
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
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    Survivor since 2011
    Carla, my answers are like most of the others'...two weeks of no rigorous exercising. You can shower after 24 or 48 hours but I had steri strips as well over the incisions and was told NOT to remove them. They would fall off on their own. As for exercise, I think you can get back into any normal routine after 2 weeks. For me that was running and free weights but I didn't jump into anything my body wasn't used to. I have the most trouble with the fact that you feel like you didn't get a lot of information. You should call your doctor's office and either ask to be seen for some post op info or get your specific questions answered over the phone. I was brought through a very detailed list of post op instructions and given a copy to take home since I was likely a little loopy at the time.
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    • Carla Victor-rawson Profile
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      Yeah, I'm upset about the lack of information. I was still asleep when they released me... They were literally holding me up to put my clothes on.. And handed a sheet to my husband ... I also took a shower after 24 hours and washed my hair......

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      Yeah, I'm upset about the lack of information. I was still asleep when they released me... They were literally holding me up to put my clothes on.. And handed a sheet to my husband ... I also took a shower after 24 hours and washed my hair... Only to learn I was suppose to keep the area dry! BTW how do you do this? I found out through the Internet & boards. Now, do I have to be concerned about infection? From something I did ? Also every one seems to be talking about steri strips ... I have actual stitches. Should this be a concern? I also had a SNB which is sensitive to touch... I'm 4 days out of surgery ... Also can't lay on my side... My most comfortable side.... When will I start to feel better? Seeing my doctor Wednesday... Thank you

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    • Carla Victor-rawson Profile
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry, shower was after 48 hours

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      Carla, I had stitches in the breast incision and steri-strips at the biopsy incision. If you have stitches at the biopsy site, the doctor had a reason. If you're not running fever, try not to worry about day one and two. Do you know how many...

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      Carla, I had stitches in the breast incision and steri-strips at the biopsy incision. If you have stitches at the biopsy site, the doctor had a reason. If you're not running fever, try not to worry about day one and two. Do you know how many nodes were removed. I only had 3. That can make a difference.

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    Morning Carla, Here are my post ops-Keep dressing clean and dry for the first 48 hours. Remove dressing after 48 hours then you can shower but try to keep the incision as dry as possible. I never got mine wet. If you have steri-strips do not remove them they will fall off.Mine didn't the doctor had to remove them. Wear a comfy soft sports bra that hooks in back or front (not one that smashes too hard) for one week day and night to support the incision and breast tissue. Helps tremedously with jiggle. Limit arm movement to affected side for 72 hours. CALL doc if any sign of infection-redness or heat from the incision area, pus or excessive bleeding, temp 101 or higher, foul smelling drainage from incisions, redness or warmth around incisions, constant nausea or vomiting into the next day, bleeding or continuous oozing that saturates dressing or uncontrolled pain. I didn't have drains since I only had 3 sentinel nodes removed but that incision was as bothersome and numb as the big one.
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      I don't remember having any swelling to speak of . I would call just in case and describe it. I would not get the incision wet at all. My only exercise consisted of necessay movement those first 3 days then propping my arm on a pillow when I was...

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      I don't remember having any swelling to speak of . I would call just in case and describe it. I would not get the incision wet at all. My only exercise consisted of necessay movement those first 3 days then propping my arm on a pillow when I was sitting up so I could easily do gentle making a fist and bending my elbow as if lifting my arm when doing dumb bells without the dumb bells, without any strain to the underarm. You get enough of that from just the normal necessity of dressing and moving around. Walk around the house as much as you are comfortable with to keep everything flowing though. I have a long hall that sort of acted like a track.

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      I could only sleep on the well side and had to put a King pillow in the center of my chest to rest my sore arm on it and it also helped to support my breast and kept it from pulling even though i had on a sports bra. Best form makes one that ...

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      I could only sleep on the well side and had to put a King pillow in the center of my chest to rest my sore arm on it and it also helped to support my breast and kept it from pulling even though i had on a sports bra. Best form makes one that great if you don't have a surgical bra. I didn't have one. A bra is a must. Stay hydrated to help your boldy flush out excess fluid or you will swell. Walking around the house and a little outside if it's not hot in your area. I live in Louisiana and the triple digit and humidity makes that impossible this time of the year. My surgery was Apr 4 so I was walking around in my garden to help take the edge off and There is a little walking track two houses down from my house so my angel of a husband walked with me when I felt like it (we're reitred so no time restaints) I really didn't need my pain meds until the second week. Then my stitiches pulled and the incisions felt tight but it was just healing. It looked great but I wanted to pull them out. So I did a little Lortab. Don't hesitate to use your pain meds those first days just don't get to fiesty because you don't hurt. The hurt told me what my limits were in using my arm after the first 3 days. My surgeon didn't want me doing my yoga until the 4th week out of surgery. My stitches were in two weeks then he had to leave two in the crease under my breast for an extra week. Then I started the gentle stretches that have given me full motion as if I Hadn't had surgery. But my surgery was at the bottom of my breast which has been a real blessing. Breast surgery is sort of like realstate, location, location, location.

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      Oh yeah, my stitches would get tangled up in the bra so I would use a piece of clean gauze to cover the area and the bra would hold it in place-no tape.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
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      Survivor since 2003

      Jo great post op instructions you covered everything.

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    • Carla Victor-rawson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wow , I was told I could shower once the bandages were removed ... I also washed my hair... I got the sutures wet :-( however I did air dry the area with a fan... G_D I hope this is alright. Place my sports bra on... Won't take it off again.......

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      Wow , I was told I could shower once the bandages were removed ... I also washed my hair... I got the sutures wet :-( however I did air dry the area with a fan... G_D I hope this is alright. Place my sports bra on... Won't take it off again.... Feels better with it on.husband thought I would be more comfortable wit off last night.... NOT... Woke up and my R breast felt like lead , felt my stitches pulling and felt swollen... Hope I didn't do damage... Bra is back on until I see surgeon next week! Feels better with support.the doctor wanted me to start to stretch my R side with the stitches in... ( ? ) I feel as though I've done everything wrong:-( as far as the swelling... It's enough that I can feel it... Yes, it's all about the location .... I don't know what type of swelling is the typical with healing or the bad that needs to be drained..... Any suggestions? I need to get this right... Thank you all for helping me do it

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      Sobrevivente desde 2012

      Sorry I'm so long in getting back to you. Don't stress about what you may or may not have done. The bra is a God-send-no underwire. I have mine on now. I even still sleep in it some because the scar still pulls. I know now I had a Little puffyness...

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      Sorry I'm so long in getting back to you. Don't stress about what you may or may not have done. The bra is a God-send-no underwire. I have mine on now. I even still sleep in it some because the scar still pulls. I know now I had a Little puffyness in my breast but it was minimal. Dry is good. I used a surgical shield for showers and kept my back to it. You may have a thin red line and even a tiny red dot at the stitch entrance but surrounding tissue should not be red, warm,or swollen.You won't believe how much better it will be in a week. I'm sure the surgeon is talking about gentle lifting of the arm. If you're concerned about swelling, rest your arm on a pillow at a comfortable , natural level and genlty open and close your hand-not a squeezed fist. A soft, gentle, rub of the inside of the arm below the elbow( good activity for hubby if he has a light touch, helps also move fluids. Once you can prop your elbow comfortably on a pillow heart level,with you hand in the air, only you know when-not stretching- no pain-you do the same motions of open and closing the hand softly, and bending and straightening elbow but no pulling the underarm or breast tissue. Wish I could draw. L-shaped All natural motions, not exercise. My third day home was my worse for uncomfortable feelings and twinges. I really didn't try to to do anything except to stay mobile until my stitches were out but I wasn't plagued with fluid. Don't expect your body to do too much this first week, it has suffered some real trauma. Take care and go slow. Jo :-D

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