Mastectomy - MaryMoo

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 9, 2012 View this journey (5 Experiences)

I had a wonderful surgeon and the procedure went as expected. The recovery was very tough, though. I had never experienced soreness like this in my life. Pain medicine helped but all I wanted to do was clutch a pillow to my chest and keep pressure on it. It took a long time to get the strength and flexibility back. You MUST do the stretching exercises they give you EVERY day and do NOT lift things before you are allowed to. I was not able to do much of anything for 3 solid weeks and my doctors said that was a fast recovery. I was in pretty good health before the surgery - not overweight, normal blood pressure, etc. It was a good 6 weeks before I felt like I could do simple tasks like go to the grocery store by myself. It does get better, but you have to be patient and do what the doctors and nurses tell you.

Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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