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How can I safely lift things after breast cancer surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
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Our patients are instructed NOT to lift or carry objects over 5 pounds for up to 6 six weeks after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Heavy lifting can cause tearing of small vessels leading to bleeding and a hematoma. Arms should be brought down directly to the sides and not elevated over the shoulders for at least 2 weeks. It is imperative to have assistance for the first 72 hours to help with basic chores and activities of daily living. 

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