Rehabilitation & Other Therapies
Pre- and post-surgical breast care program
Breast cancer is a common cancer among women. Current treatment interventions including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have continued to increase the survival rate. Despite the success rate of these procedures, patients may experience physical changes following them. These physical complications may include scar tissue formation, myofascial pain, decrease in arm range and motion, and lymphedema. These complications may interfere with normal daily activities.
Aurora BayCare Center breast care program is staffed with physical and occupational therapists who are specially trained to meet the needs of women or men going through breast surgery. Our program strives to provide effective and compassionate care.
In order to provide the individualized treatment to each patient, the program involves a comprehensive evaluation done pre-operatively and approximately four weeks post-operatively. Benefits of these evaluations include early detection of problems as they occur to allow quick return to normal activities with less limitations.
During the course of pre-surgical testing, patients are seen for a physical or occupational therapy evaluation. The comprehensive evaluation includes:
This pre-surgical session also includes education for:
Patients return at approximately four weeks after surgery for a re-evaluation of:
Education at that session includes:
If activity limitations, limitations in arm motion, pain, and/or edema are present, further follow-up therapy may be recommended. The therapists are available as additional resources to answer any questions they may have concerning their surgery and condition. An evaluation may be repeated during the course of cancer treatment to determine any new problems or limitations that may develop during or post radiation treatment, or with scar-tissue maturation.