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Topic: Preventative exercises

Forum: Lymphedema — Risks, tips for prevention, and info about products that can address the symptoms of lymphedema.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2006 03:18PM

thomcat wrote:

Does anyone have a good link to a site that illustrates arm exercises to prevent lymphedema? I just had my mast and SNB last Friday and a PT came to the room to visit regarding this subject. She gave me a booklet but unfortunately it did not make it home with me. I called the surgeon's nurse and she's going to track down the brochure but I'm going to have to wait for her to mail it to me.

Considering the surgery, I feel like I have good mobility of my arm but want to improve on it but yet don't want to over do.

TIA,

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Sep 19, 2006 04:55AM andys wrote:

Hi Cathy,
First of all, be sure you have the ok to do any of this stuff. This is a website that had alot of good exercises for patients who were having a TRAM flap and mastectomy. I would think that they would be appropriate even if you didn't have reconstruction, but like I said, be careful.

http://www.ucsfbreastcarecenter.org/recon_tramexercises.html

Hope this helps.
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Sep 19, 2006 11:41AM sccruiser wrote:

Hi Cathy,
I'm with Andy on this one. Get an okay first--and was the PT also LANA certified--there is always a risk of Lymphedema--I would only do exercises recommended by a certified LE specialist. Many PTs don't really have a grasp of the precautions for preventing LE.
Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery sans LE!!
grace
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