Three Things to Know About Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

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Do you or a loved one have to have surgery to get rid of your breast cancer?

Are you nervous about it?

Do you want to know more about it but are not sure where to start?

If you’re the type who gets nervous about asking questions or doesn’t even know what to ask in the first place, it can be difficult to be fully informed about what to expect. but don’t worry; you’ve come to the right place.

Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte recently underwent a partial mastectomy to remove 25% of her breast. Now she’s taking to the internet to help others be more prepared when they elect for surgery.

Here are a few things that might help you figure out what you can expect when you have breast cancer surgery.

Photo: YouTube/Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte

1. You will need to rebuild your lung capacity

You’re intubated during the surgery, and so afterwards, you have to work to get your lung capacity back. You’re given a special tube, and you have to practice sucking in as much air as you can. Gradually, over a few days, you rebuild your lung capacity.

Photo: YouTube/Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte

2. You will need to take steps to prevent lymphedema

Nesbitt-Rodarte’s surgeon removed three lymph nodes during surgery. Lymph node removal puts patients at risk for a condition called lymphedema, which presents as swelling in your limbs. It can be a lifelong condition or go away after a few months.

For the next six weeks, she has to wear an ACE bandage to help prevent swelling in her arm.

Photo: YouTube/Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte

3. You will need to know if you are allergic to latex or latex adhesives.

Nesbitt-Rodarte has an allergy to latex tape. However, she found out during this surgery that every tape gives her a rash.

For her, the rash is actually more irritating than the scar from the surgery. Her recommendation is to know your sensitivities and allergies beforehand to make the healing process easier.

She actually had to stay overnight because of her allergic reaction!

We hope this eases some of your concerns and helps you feel more confident. We’re rooting for you!

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