Lymphatic Drainage Massage after your Mastectomy
(Breast Cancer Surgery)
How will lymphatic drainage massage after a Mastectomy help?
For people with breast cancer, a mastectomy can be a life-saving surgery. Removing the breast tissue gets rid of the cancerous tumor and considerably reduces the risk of the cancer ever returning.
Unfortunately, a mastectomy, like any other surgery, has side effects. Because your immune system views the mastectomy as a trauma to the body, it reacts the same way it would to any injury. Lymphatic fluid is rushed to the area as your body works to heal itself.
While the action of the lymphatic system is a good and desirable thing in the case of a true injury, following your surgery, the lymphatic fluid beneath the skin will lead to swelling, bruising, and discomfort. In the case of a mastectomy, the lymphatic fluid may be particularly troubling as it may impede the ability of your oncologist to determine whether all the cancer is gone.
Why Lymphatic Drainage Massage Following a Mastectomy?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized technique. It uses very light motions above the skin to encourage drainage of the lymphatic fluid from the affected tissue. Unlike regular therapeutic massage, the movements you feel will be very light. In fact, many people are often surprised at the effectiveness of the massage because of these small movements. These small movements are an advantage following a mastectomy since nobody wants pressure on the operated area.
What these small movements do, however, is amazing. The fluid is gently moved away from the surgical area, which actually improves the healing process. You’ll see less swelling and bruising and feel much more comfortable following your mastectomy than you would otherwise. Additionally, your oncologist will be able to better track your progress to make sure that the cancer is gone.
Lymphatic drainage massage requires a number of treatments for the full results to become apparent. While the number varies depending on your individual body and how your immune system is reacting to your cancer and your mastectomy, you can expect 10 to 12 lymphatic drainage massage sessions for full effect.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage Following a Mastectomy
Because the touch of the drainage massage practitioner is so light, you are likely to enjoy your sessions and feel better afterward. Following your mastectomy, you may have had a drain placed to allow for fluid drainage. With lymphatic drainage massage to move this fluid away and encourage your body to reabsorb it, you may experience less drainage through the tube, which most patients appreciate.
You can also prepare for your mastectomy by having lymphatic drainage massage performed before your actual surgery. This can result in less swelling following your mastectomy and fewer lymphatic drainage massage sessions later.
Schedule a consultation regarding Lymphatic Drainage Massage following a Mastectomy
To learn more about lymphatic drainage massage following a mastectomy or breast cancer surgery, please call Icon Medical Centers in Miami today. One of our skilled practitioners will be happy to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
At Icon Medical Centers in Miami, Florida, we specialize in lymphatic drainage massage following your mastectomy. The lymphatic drainage massage is an effective method of gently moving the lymphatic fluid out of the affected area, reducing swelling and easing discomfort. Contact our center today at (305) 858-8845 to learn more on how lymphatic massage can can benefit you following surgery.