ADVERTORIAL:Physiotherapy post breast cancer or reconstructive surgery

2016-10-13 06:00

WITH breast cancer being one of the most prevalent types of cancer found among the female population, we are seeing more patients receiving various types of breast surgery including mastectomy (removal of the breast), partial mastectomy, lumpectomy followed by reconstructive surgery.

Physiotherapists provides treatments for post breast cancer or reconstructive surgery.

Most patients do have some form of discomfort post surgery.

The effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment can also influence the effects of surgery leading to more stiffness, weakness and lymph oedema (swelling).

Common symptoms after surgery

Some of the most frequently felt symptoms post-breast surgery include the following:

· Stiffness around the shoulder and limited movement of the shoulder

· Swelling of the arm on the affected side

· Surgery scar that is painful and stiff

· Skin that is pulling on the arm on the affected side (cording)

· Altered sensation of the skin

· Severe headaches

· Decreased neck and thoracic movement.

Physiotherapy treatment after breast surgery aims to restore movement of the shoulder, neck and thoracic area.

Physiotherapists also help to improve the condition of the scar by decreasing stiffness and swelling and helping to regain mobility.

Careful treatment is also given to reduce the discomfort of cording and to assist the patient in managing swelling of the affected side.

Physiotherapists understand that to lose a breast or part of it can be extremely traumatic and emotionally devastating, not to mention the fear of being diagnosed with cancer.

Treatment is done in a safe, comfortable environment and is formulated to suit individual patient because each operation is different.

- Supplied.

Nerusha Perumaul Physiotherapist

Shop 3 Yaseen Centre,

38 Wick Street, Verulam

Tel/Fax: 032 533 0075

Cell: 072 411 7491

Suite 3, Medimen Centre,

6A Laura Street, Tongaat

(Upstairs Dr Collins rooms behind Shoprite)

Tel: 032 811 2555

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