Hi, I didn't start swimming again until about 3 months after my breast recon. I had to stop after my nipple recon from which I'm nearly recovered, but I was told by my surgeon to wait until the black crusty scabs have gone (nice!), That happened three days ago so I will be swimming next week.
Hi, I think it might be worth doing some swimming. I had a bilateral reconstruction nearly a year ago, the same op as you, and my surgeon told me to go swimming and do breast stroke. It works really well. I've recently had a nipple reconstrution (unbelieveably fantastic result!), couldn't swim for 6 weeks so far and I feel very tight across my back and am finding I get a lot of backache too, hanging washing on the line's a nightmare! That didn't happen when I was swimming.
I can't wait to start swimming again, I'm sure it has better results than any of the excercises I was given (although they worked quite well too). I also feel so much stronger when I'm swimming even though I only go once a week, It's amazing the difference it makes.
I'm sorry you haven't had any replies to your post yet. I wondered if more people might see it if you posted in the section "Going through treatment/surgery". I've attached a link. There are quite a few threads there about reconstruction.
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Very best wishes
Hi I am wondering if any post reconstruction (lapdorssi right side) I am 6 months post surgeryand when I do anything like walk for 2 miles or hoover a couple of rooms, my ribs site back gets really tight I have a full range of movement in my shoulder. I keep mentioning it to my surgeon, but she seems to give a different answer every time. Am I expecting too much, is this how it is going to be?? Am I being a wimp.? I know in comparison this is very little to complain about.Ps I didnt have any chemo or dxt, but I still seem to run out of energy, like the batterys gone flat. Right I have finished now !!!