After breast cancer surgery

Read about what happens after breast surgery, exercises you need to do, and how to cope with possible problems.

What happens after breast surgery?

Your guide to what happens after having surgery including how you may feel, when you can go home, and your follow up appointments.

False breast shape (prosthesis) after breast cancer surgery

A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast shape that sits inside your bra to replace all or part of your breast after having breast surgery.

Exercises after mastectomy or breast conserving surgery

After breast cancer surgery your physiotherapist or nurse will ask you to do regular arm and shoulder exercises. Find out more. 

Possible problems after mastectomy

Possible complications after surgery to remove the breast include infection, bleeding, and shoulder stiffness. Find out what to look out for and when to contact your healthcare team.

Possible problems after breast conserving surgery

Possible complications after breast conserving surgery include infection, bleeding, and shoulder stiffness.

Life after breast cancer surgery

You may find it difficult to adjust to changes after your breast cancer surgery. There is help and support available.

Last reviewed: 
24 Jul 2020
Next review due: 
24 Jul 2023
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