That's good news, I'm fortunately in the same boat just hormone treatment. Yes my surgeon advised me on which exercises to do, be careful and get the correct advice. The pilates for post breast surgery is called the pink ribbon programme run by spire healthcare. 🙂
Kentstar I was visited by the physio the next day after the op, and had already been given the exercises in a leaflet from the bcn. I'm pretty sure, as it was a breast cancer care leaflet, that you may be able to download it from the website? I had stopped them on instructions of my surgeon due to the bleed but I really need to do them again now as I can feel my shoulder seizing up! I would also highly recommend pilates, I've done it for over 10 years and its excellent. I'll be getting back to that asap and there is also a specific programme for ladies who've had breast surgery. Good luck x
Murphy69 glad you're starting to heal and thank you everyone for your comments. I saw the surgeon last night he was happy the muscle has settled and apart from a slight infection in the snb scar and a fragile bit in the main scar its all fine he said I should start gentle exercises now and pain will ease with more movement. And actually it is slightly better today. Now its fingers crossed to see what oncologist says on thurs x
Thanks Yvie, its reassuring (I think!) to hear about your experiences after the surgery. Yes, sleeping comfortably is a challenge! Do you still feel happy that you went for reconstruction?
I am sure your surgeon will put your mind at ease but I would say from personal experience of strattice and implant recon that it does feel incredibly tight and every movement is felt - even now 10 months post op I am aware of my implant and it still feels tight, and certain movements like turning your head whilst reversing, anything that engages your pectoral muscle in fact, feels strange. Sleeping on your side was also a challenge and uncomfortable. And no one tells you any of this so you have no idea what is normal and what is not. I think it would help if you were told how your implant would feel both to touch and as part of your body. It is still very early days for you.
Thanks for all the kind messages. My worry is that there's something wrong following the internal bleed as I can feel the chest muscle with every tiny movement. Still, I'm seeing the surgeon tonight so hopefully it'll be ok and I'll post an update. The ironic thing is I'm seeing the oncologist later this week to find out if I need chemo and at the moment I'm less worried about that than the reconstruction! Kate x
Sorry but I've only just seen this! I'm currentlt 4 weeks post double mastectomy with immediate recon but instead of strattice they have used my own skin as a sling.
I'm still in a lot of pain - in particular I'm finding the tight burning/sore sensation all over my breasts the most difficult thing to tolerat - I find it especially bad if I do too much!
Hopefully if you rest more you can overcome your setback!
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Hi, I had single mx and immediate strattice implant recon 3 weeks ago. It went very well but a week ago (after drain had been removed) it swelled up with fluid bruising and pain, and after seeing the surgeon, it seems that apparently a muscle had lifted probably due to me being too active. Anyway the surgeon aspirated it and I have had to not use my arm at all, and since then the fluid has reduced and bruising is going, but the pain is terrible and really getting me down! Its constant, vice like and feels like a bowling ball inside my chest. The slightest movement I can feel in my chest, even turning my head, and if i get up and walk i look like a little old lady, all hunched up.(I am more used to running, pilates and gardening!) Ive read about ladies being back at work and even running just 4 weeks after surgery, and i can't imagine that, even being able to sleep in comfort would be nice! Am i expecting too much?Has anyone else had similar experiences? Obviously I'm taking painkillers but am getting really down about it now especially so close to xmas.I can tolerate pain but I really thought it would be reducing by now. Any advice/support would be much appreciated ☺