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23 Mar 2007

excercise after surgery
i would like to know how long after breast surgery you are allowed to start excercising like doing gymwork , spinning and then finally running, is it after the wound heals only and in general how long does this take?how does this change when you go for radiation?
many thanks
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Rehabilitation after injury

01 Jan 0001

Hi Renate:
I advise that you consult with your specialist as to when they feel comfortable with you starting gym exercises. You would only start performing exercises in the gym when the wound has started healing.

Depending on the severity of the surgery (example removing all the breast tissue versus only removing the lymph nodes or a small tumor) some individuals start with rehabilitative exercises within a week after surgery. This is however done under the supervision of their specialist and physiotherapist. Exercises during this time focuses on strengthening and increasing the range of movement of the arm on the affected side (an example would be brushing your hair with the affected side with the arm supported an increasing the area that you are brushing as you get stronger). You should speak to a specialist as to whether he/she feels you are ready to begin exercising in the gym again, particularly for high intensity activities such as spinning and running.

When you receive radiation, your immune system will unfortunately be negatively affected. You will definitely not be able to perform high intensity activities as this has been shown to reduce your immune function further for a certain time period. The exercises would be of a low intensity so as to stimulate immune function and focus on maintaining your functional strength (example getting in and out of a bed or chair without difficulty) as much as possible.

I wish you luck during your treatment and hope all goes well.
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