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Lymphostasis of the arm after mastectomy | Video tutorial on self-massage | AngioLife advice from a lymphologist

Postmastectomy lymphostasis causes a lot of discomfort to patients and can cause stress and depression.

A mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast in case of malignant tumors in the breast.
The scope of the operation includes the removal of the mammary gland, which contains fatty tissue lymph nodes - potential foci of metastases. Depending on the variant of mastectomy, removal of the pectoralis major or minor muscle.


Lymphostasis as a result of mastectomy is the result of serious disorders in the body. After surgical removal of the lymph nodes, all lymphatic fluid accumulates in the area of ​​the shoulder and forearm. If swelling has passed 1-2 months after a mastectomy, then this is postmastectomy lymphostasis. If the resulting swelling of the hand does not "fade" and does not "respond" to the prescribed treatment, then a more serious lymphedema disease may develop. The danger of postmastectomy lymphostasis of the upper limb is that swelling can cause its deformation and very often is accompanied by serious inflammatory reactions. Postmastectomy lymphostases deliver a lot of discomfort to patients and can be the cause of stress and depression. If lymphostasis of the upper limb manifests itself in the first year of treatment, then, often, it is not dangerous and can be treated well.


Dense "gross" lymphostasis of the upper limb is often associated with scars that degenerate in the area of ​​the lymph nodes after irradiation (radiation therapy). Quite often, doctors believe that the manifestation of “dense” postmastectomy upper limb lymphostasis is the first sign that cancer cells are still present in the body, that is, the risk of cancer recurrence, although this is not always the case.


Lymphedema limits the range of motion of the upper limb and the ability to self-service. The quality of life and self-esteem of the patient are reduced, severe depression may develop.

One of the common causes of concern for women is the aesthetic discomfort that occurs due to an increase in the arm's volume, pain, heaviness in the arm, and roughening of the skin.

A damaged arm is vulnerable and therefore the slightest trauma to the skin: burns, cuts, abrasions can lead to inflammation and infection of soft tissues - erysipelas.


Self-massage video tutorial for lymphostasis and lymphedema



The AngioLife Vascular Center provides comprehensive treatment for lymphostasis and lymphedema according to the technique by Foeldi. We use the most modern equipment and innovative treatment methods that are practiced in the leading centers of Europe. Every little thing is important in the treatment of lymphostasis, from the diet and conservative treatment of the patient to the explanation of the importance of self-massage and hand care.



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