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Top Insider Tips on Mastectomy

By Jennifer Tzeses Health Writer

Doctors recommend avoiding picking up objects over five pounds (we’re looking at you, half-ton tote) for up to eight weeks after a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. That’s because heavy lifting may cause tearing of small vessels, which can lead to bleeding or a hematoma. In fact, you shouldn’t lift your arms above shoulder level at all for about two weeks post op. “While you may feel pretty normal as soon as two to four weeks after surgery, especially if you have no reconstruction, it takes six to eight weeks for full wound healing to occur, so take it easy after surgery,” says Constance M. Chen, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Click HERE for the full article.

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