Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction


A mastectomy is a surgical procedure to remove one or both of your breasts. 


Our Physiotherapist Kirsty, has first-hand experience of this surgery. She has had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. She is able to offer assessment and treatment of her patients with a full understanding and appreciation of what you are going through.


Why might I need a mastectomy?


A mastectomy is usually recommended for individuals with breast cancer but there are also a variety of specific reasons for having the operation:


After the breast has been removed, you may have another operation to create an artificial breast. If you are having an artificial breast, a breast reconstruction will be carried out where silicone or tissue from another area such as your abdominals or back will be used to create a new breast. Depending on the type of Breast Reconstruction, recovery can differ.

What are the symptoms after breast reconstruction surgery?


Possible symptoms may include:

What is the physiotherapy treatment for breast reconstruction?


There are various physiotherapy treatment options available to you following your operation. The physiotherapists at Palms Physiotherapy will carry out a full assessment to identify your main problems and work with you to devise a specialised treatment programme to suit your needs. Physiotherapy may include:

Physiotherapy is extremely effective at optimising recovery following a mastectomy and Palms Physiotherapy have specialist physiotherapists who will work with you and design a physiotherapy programme specific to your needs. We also have a small studio with Pilates and rehabilitation equipment to assist in building your strength and range of motion. 


We understand that a mastectomy is a difficult operation both physically and emotionally and our Physiotherapists are experienced at dealing with such sensitive issues.