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Feb 24, 2021 04:10AM
Feb 24, 2021 04:15AM
I just saw this. I swim regularly as part of a masters swimming team
I have silicone implants under the pectoral muscle, and in my experience the implants pose no problem whatsoever with swimming. I also had a full axillary node dissection on the cancer side, and I would say that was a bigger (but temporary) obstacle than the implants, due to restricted range of motion. Still, at the one month mark after the surgery (during which I did a *ton* of physical therapy and stretching exercises), I was able to go to the pool and swim all strokes -not as fast as before, but that had nothing to do with the implants. It is taking a while to get to the pre-cancer speed, and I am not 100% there (but also I am triple positive and went through 2.5 years of treatment, and I am still in hormone treatment, and I am not getting any younger), but since I am not training for the Olympics, I am in peace with that.
Swimming greatly help speed the recovery of all the surgeries, particularly to gain full range of motion, not to mention mental health and sanity.
So my experience is that implants are absolutely compatible with swimming. Temporary restricted range of motion from surgery, fatigue from chemo or other treatments, those were the issues I faced. Chatting with other ladies in the swimming forums, they didn´t mention the implants interfering with swimming.
ACx4, THPx4, HP (to complete 1y); Nerlynx (1y); AI (expected 10y), Surgery: BMX + ALND, Reconstruction, Oophorectomy. Radiation.
10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)