I am 10dpo following mastopexy and augmentation surgery. I had implants before but have had them replaced and a mastopexy done. I am struggling to get the full range of motion in my left arm/shoulder when I try to raise my left arm up I have a tightening pain in the muscle around my armpit. My right arm is fine I can move that one very well in all directions. Is this normal? I am having my stitches removed in 5 days so will talk to my surgeon then anyway...
Cannot Raise or Stretch out Left Arm Following Mastopexy and Augmentation Surgery?
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Talk to your surgeon
Pain and discomfort elevating left shoulder 10 days post implant exchange and mastopexy
The discomfort that you are experiencing is probably nothing to worry about though it is not the usual experience that patients have particularly following an implant replacement. You still may want to consider contacting your doctor prior to your scheduled appointment and discussing your discomfort. He/she may want to see you sooner to assess and help accelerate your recuperation.
Arm movement restriction after breast lift with implants
It is normal to have some stiffness and reduced range of motion few days after the surgery due to swelling, tightness and pain in the area. At 10 days out of surgery you should be able to have increased mobility.
I would recommend to address the issue with your surgeon.
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