My name is Rebecca Friedman (she/her) and I am a board certified Occupational Therapist and a Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA). I work predominantly with cancer survivors in their post-mastectomy rehabilitation journey. I had been practicing for about 10 years when my partner had top surgery in November 2021.
This area of rehab is evolving and growing and more research is needed. I have relied heavily on mastecomty rehab protocols, recommendations from health care providers, coursework on the rehab role in gender affirming surgeries, and our own experience to create this website. I highly recommend finding an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who has experience in this area of rehab to guide you. They will be able to individualize your rehab, implement modalities and advanced techniques to improve results, help you bounce back faster, promote healing and reduce barriers to recovery.
You can use this resource to guide you through the basics of double incision top surgery (with nipple graft) rehab and give you ideas for movement restrictions and recommendations on a day-to-day basis. However, keep in mind every body heals differently so listen to yours! This is a general guideline, not medical advice, so consult your rehab therapist or surgeon for recommendations specific to you and your procedure.
If you are thinking of getting surgery or are on the other side, CONGRATS and good luck!