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How can I maintain good posture after breast cancer surgery?

Carrie Bilicki
Oncology Nursing
To maintain good posture after breast surgery:
  • Stand/sit upright -- don't slouch!
  • Keep your head aligned with your shoulders.
  • Keep your shoulders back and relaxed.
  • Keep your arms relaxed at your side.
  • When standing or sitting, position your affected arm naturally at your side. Do not hold it against your body.
  • When walking, swing your affected arm naturally.
  • When in bed, keep your affected arm slightly away from your body and elevated above the heart by positioning it on pillows by your side. This will assist to decrease any swelling that may be present.
  • Stand upright when washing dishes or performing self-care activities at the sink.
  • When working on the computer, your arms should rest by your side with elbows bent at a right angle.

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