Lymphedema is a potential side effect of breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy that can appear in some people during the months or even years after treatment ends. However there are other side effects that you may encounter such as Scar fibrosis, Seroma or a reduction in shoulder mobility or a tight/pulling sensation over the tissue connected to the mastectomy area. Lymphatic cording or axillary web syndrome (AWS) refers to a ropelike structure that develops mainly under the axilla but can extend to involve the medial aspect of the ipsilateral arm down to the antecubital fossa. It usually appears after axillary dissection and can develop after a patient’s last surgical follow-up. As a result, nonsurgical health professional therapists often manage patient care relating to AWS.
At Sanare we offer a range of therapies that can gently ease these side effects and reduce oedema, soften firm scarring and greatly improve ease of mobility with the use of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Deep Oscillation Therapy and Kineseotaping. MLD is an excellent therapy after mastectomy/lumpectomy surgery as it gently removes debris, while promoting a healthy inflow of nutrients to the incision site. Please ask our specialist therapist if you would like further information.