What Post-Mastectomy Pain Is:
PMPS is pain that persists after a mastectomy or other type of breast surgery is performed. Procedures that may lead to post-mastectomy pain include total mastectomy, partial mastectomy, lumpectomy and even breast reconstruction.
Causes of Post-Mastectomy Pain:
Another possible cause of post-mastectomy pain under investigation is the formation of a hematoma during surgery.
Symptoms of Post-Mastectomy Pain:
The degree of pain varies from woman to woman, ranging from mild to severe.
Treating Post-Mastectomy Pain:
Other options for treating post-mastectomy pain include:
Support for Post-Mastectomy Pain:
Blunta Cornelia and Schmiedel Angelika. Some Cases of Severe Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome May be Caused by an Axillary Haematoma. Pain. Volume 108, Issue 3, Pages 294-296 (April 2004)
Macdonald L, Bruce J, Scott NW et al. Long-term Follow-up of Breast Cancer Survivors with Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome. British Journal of Cancer. 2005 January 31; 92(2): 225–230
Vilholm OJ, Cold S, Rasmussen L and Sindrup SH. The Postmastectomy Pain Syndrome: An Epidemiological Study on the Prevalence of Chronic Pain After Surgery for Breast Cancer. British Journal of Cancer. 2008 August 19; 99(4): 604–610.