Arm Pain after Breast Augmentation under arm scar? I am in week 4 post op and can barely stretch my arm, lots of pain.

Doc says my tendons have attached to my scar tissue. He says I need to press really hard on them and force my arm to stretch as much as possible. The other arm is fine and I cannot find other posts on the Internet about this. When he pressed hard on the scar, he felt a pop and asked if it felt better. It hurt so bad I couldnot tell. Now I have pain still between the elbow and armpit and now between the elbow and wrist. Help? Is this normal?

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Doctor Answers 3

Ask your surgeon about what you can do to help

As you recover, this may resolve itself. However, you should probably ask your surgeon if you can massage the area or do something else that will help expedite the process. 

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Tightness after Breast Augmentation with Trans-Axillary Scar

Scar tissue can develop between the incision and the chest tendons. Massaging the area and an-inflammatories (if okay with your surgeon) help to decrease this process as much as possible. Time is also the best medicine. Numbness or pain can radiate on the undersurface of the arm if the local nerves are pinched or swollen as well. Practicing range of motion in the arm will also be helpful. Hope that helps.

Tripti Burt, MD
Plainfield Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Arm Pain after Breast Augmentation under arm scar? I am in week 4 post op and can barely stretch my arm, lots of pain.

This is one of the disadvantages of doing axillary incisions for augmentation - scar contracture in the axilla. In most cases this can be corrected or improves or time like 3 months.. But in other cases only a surgical release or steroidal injection can improve. Worse case there was entrapment of the nerves from the brachial plexus. Best to be followed closely til resolution.//

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

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