• Exercise and physical therapy

    Asked by Angel_1 on Monday, February 4, 2013

    Exercise and physical therapy

    I had a double mastectomy, a debridement surgery, several different types of reconstruction surgery which have failed, then a latissmus dorsal surgery, and now two more surgeries to go. I have heard tell especially with people getting the breast lifts and augmentations that they need to wait a year before any weight bearing exercises. I just got into physical therapy, have another surgery coming up in a month. Does anyone know what precautions to take or what exercises can be done without causing problems to the surgeries?

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    • jmoistner's Avatar

      Hi Angel!
      I have been told by my cancer navigator that walking is one of the best forms of excercise and is proven to prevent recurrent cancer. This can be done at your own pace but just get out and walk. You definately don't want to do any type of extreme physical activity like running, aerobics or anything like that.

      I'm sorry you have had so many surgeries! Talk to your Physical Therapist about it also! I'm praying for you!

      over 3 years ago
    • RMR's Avatar

      You certainly have been through a lot. Take it slow and follow the advice of your physical therapist and doctors. I also had quite a few reconstructive surgeries and worked out at what ever level I could handle throughout the journey. I chose to refrain from upper body work (specifically the chest) until reconstructive surgeries were completed as my plastic surgeon told me strengthening the chest muscles would only make the surgeries more painful. Good luck to you... hang in there. Here's to survivorship.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Speak with you oncology team, they will let you know what can and can't do, as well as time frames for starting you exercise and PT. I was told to stop Pilates and Yoga for 6 weeks after my lumpectomy. After I started again, I was told to be very careful with upper body work for several more months.

      over 3 years ago
    • jujuga's Avatar

      The implant paperwork said wait one month before even letting you heart rate go up. I didn't wait and am having issues with that. I'd suggest going very slowly. And yes, get your doctor's input

      over 2 years ago

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