Reduce Surgical Adhesions After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Reduce Surgical Adhesions After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

I had breast cancer in 2004, and I chose to have the latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction surgery following upon my lumpectomy surgery because my surgeon found it necessary to remove quite a large chunk of my breast.  I am also a massage therapist and I have a great massage technique that will reduce surgical adhesions after breast reconstruction surgery, and I’m excited to be sharing that technique with you today.

I began having some issues with tightness and soreness around the scar and, knowing that adhesions might be forming at the surgical site, I had my own massage therapist perform this massage technique on me.  I found it to be absolutely crucial to my ability to move without pain and to reduce post-surgical adhesions, so I shot this video today to help you (with the help of my friend, Robin, who is the person on the massage table – thanks Robin!).

If you can get your massage therapist (or even your partner or willing friend) to watch the video and learn how to do it, you will feel so much better for it.

I didn’t mention it in the video, but I only use therapeutic grade essential oils to do this procedure. They are much more effective and potent than the oils you can buy in the health food store.  You can get them from me and if you’d like more information about the oils, just contact me.

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7 thoughts on “Reduce Surgical Adhesions After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

  1. I found your video to be very informative, however I had the stomach flap reconstruction surgery done. They took the fat from the lower belly, cut it like a football, cut that fat in half and moved those flaps up under my torso to my breasts to keep the veins and arteries in tact. So my scaring is my lower belly and I am still walking bent over slightly. I can’t fully straighten up yet because it is still opened a bit. Do you have technique for that type of scaring?

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your question! To be honest, I haven’t tried the skin rolling technique on the belly, however, scarring is scarring and that technique should work to decrease any adhesions. Make sure you are completely healed up and pain-free before trying the skin rolling technique, usually about 6 weeks post-surgery. If you can find someone to do it for you, I would definitely give it a try, blending with some gentle backbends yoga-style, providing your back is strong enough. A beginner’s yoga class or Pilates class would be a great place to start. I hope that helps!
      Happy healing!
      Marnie

  2. Marmi . . . my scar is not horizontal on my back, but more like a vertical crescent. What direction would the rollong follows?

    1. Carol,
      In your case, the skin rolling would probably be better going the other direction – from the spine out toward the shoulder, so that it goes across the scar. Have your therapist or partner pick up the skin around and over the scar (once it has healed up nicely) to help reduce any adhesions. Hope this answers your question.
      All the best,
      Marnie

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