This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.
Question: I had tissue expander insertion 3 weeks ago, drain removed today, filling started last week (60 ml) and again today. I’m having a significant amount of pain in my armpit, drain site and back of shoulder above scapula. Knowing I can’t raise arm above my shoulder, what exercises would help?
Answer: Not sure any exercises would help. It is fairly common to have pain in armpit and drain site, not so much so above scapula. My first recommendation is to discuss your concerns with your treating surgeon. We are happy to give you all the support we can, but at this point your treating surgeon should be your first resource. We are, however, here if you have further questions.
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