Shoulder tip pain, almost 3 weeks post-op. What could this be?

almost 3 weeks post op surgery - implants. I periodically have shoulder tip pain. Mostly on the right side, which has the larger implant and also where i feel the most discomfort. i have felt it on the left but not nearly as much? What could this be?

Doctor Answers 4

Breast Implants/Breast Augmentation/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision Surgery

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I appreciate your question.

Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Shoulder pain and breast augmentation

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You would need to be seen in person to determine why you have pain there. More than likely it will go away over time as you heal, but if concerned see your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Shoulder Pain after BBA

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Hi there,

While an exact explanation for your specific pain might not be possible - it is very common to have mild to modest discomfort in the shoulder chest and back regions after breast surgery.

Almost certainly these will go away with a little time and patience.

You're lucky that here in Ottawa there are rehabilitation clinics that specialize in post breast surgery recovery. They can be avaialble to you if your recovery is taking a little longer than you would have hoped.

Heal well!

Dr Nodwell

Trefor Nodwell, MD
Ottawa Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Shoulder pain post breast augmentation

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Thanks so much for your question. It is not uncommon to feel some aches and pains post surgery while your body adjusts to your implants. Not sleeping in your usual position can also cause some discomfort in your shoulders and back. Your physicians office is there to help and answer any questions/concerns you may have.  All the best!

Robert Sleightholm, MD
Brampton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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