A problem that may arise after surgery
is swelling of the arm on the side of the mastectomy.
This condition is referred to as LYMPHEDEMA and is caused
by the loss of the underarm lymph nodes and their
connecting vessels. Because the lymph nodes have been removed, circulation of lymph fluid is slowed, making
it harder for your body to fight infection. You should
take special care of your arm to prevent infection. (If
you had both breasts removed, ask your doctor about any
special precautions). The following are some simple
precautions to follow:
- Avoid burns while cooking or
- Avoid sunburns.
- Have all injection, vaccinations,
blood samples, and blood pressure tests done on
the other arm whenever possible.
- Use an electric razor with a
narrow head for underarm shaving to reduce the
risk of nicks or scratches.
- Carry heavy packages or handbags
with the other arm.
- Wash cuts promptly, treat them
with antibacterial medication, and cover them
with a sterile dressing; check often for redness,
soreness, or other signs of infection
- Wear watches or jewelry loosely,
if at all, on the operated arm.
- Wear protective gloves when
gardening and when using strong detergents, etc.
- Use a thimble when sewing.
- Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive
- Use insect repellent to avoid
bites and sting.
- Avoid elastic cuffs on blouses and
- Though you should be cautious,
its important to use your arm
normallydont favor it or keep it
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