The healing process after a mastectomy is different for every woman. Some women heal quickly, while others take longer. Many women experience pain and discomfort, while others seem to have an easier time. Much like our bodies, everyone’s experience is unique. The one thing these women have in common is a desire to recover and heal as quickly and safely as possible. We don’t blame you, ladies! Despite what your personal experience might be, we here at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction want to help you on your journey. So, read on for our tips to help you heal after a (opens in a new tab). Please remember to talk with your personal physician or surgeon before trying the followings tips:
Many women enjoy the benefits of post-mastectomy massage after their surgical procedure. Post-mastectomy massage can relieve post-operative pain and edema, and promote the removal of toxins as it assists in the flow of lymph, blood, and oxygen. In addition to those benefits, over time this form of massage creates an increased range of motion in the upper body and helps brings back restored feeling and sensation through nerve ending stimulation.
Nutrition is an important part of the healing process. Your body needs the proper vitamins, minerals, and proteins to heal properly. During your recovery, add some extra vegetables and fruits into your diet to ensure you get the nutrients your body needs. Proteins are also important for tissue growth and healing. If possible, add lean protein-packed meats, like chicken and fish, into your menu.
Movement after a mastectomy is beneficial, once approved by your doctor, because it promotes blood flow for healing and helps keep your muscles and skin tissues flexible. Once you’re able, we suggest adding some light exercise into your daily routine. A few activities we love are walking, stretching, and yoga.
Healing after a mastectomy isn’t strictly physical. Many women need emotional healing after such a life-changing procedure. We recommend that you reach out to breast cancer support groups, a counselor, or life coach if you’re struggling with the very real emotional effects following a mastectomy. (opens in a new tab).