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Q. I definitely want to avoid lymphedema. Is there anything I can do to ward it off, or is lymphedema totally random? A. The very best thing you can do to help prevent lymphedema is to make sure you get full range of motion back in your arm, whether after surgery or radiation. Favoring the arm on your affected side, hunching your shoulder protectively, being too stiff to stretch your arm up over your head and around towards your back–these are all things that will make it easier for lymphedema to gain a foothold. I have a friend who’s a physical therapist specializing in lymphedema treatment. In fact, we became close as she gave me daily massages to relieve my own swollen arm. (Just as getting a tummy tuck is the silver lining of a tram flap reconstruction, a daily massage is the big plus of having lymphedema!) This friend says that women who’ve had surgery, particularly a mastectomy with lymph node removal (even if just a single node) need physical thera...
Alternative Names Finger(s) - smashed; Crushed digits Symptoms Difficulty moving the tip of your finger Discoloration or bruising of the finger or fingernail Finger pain Loss of fingernail Swelling
Treatment - post surgery
How is pain treated after surgery?
There are many types of pain medicines. Depending on the surgery and the patient's health, a single medication or combination of medications may be used.
Studies show that patients who use pain medication (such as narcotics) early and aggressively after surgery have shorter hospital stays and fewer lingering or chronic pain problems later. They actually end up using fewer painkillers overall than those who avoid pain medication.
There is some evidence that extreme suffering from pain can weaken your body's immune system. The risk of addiction to pain medication is extremely low in patients using such medications for post-surgical pain.
For detailed information see: Pain medications
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