Evid Based Nurs 14:2 doi:10.1136/ebn1111
  • Adult nursing
  • Cochrane systematic review

Early postoperative exercise improves shoulder range of motion in women with breast cancer compared with delayed exercise, but increases wound drainage volume and duration

  1. Sharon Kilbreath
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Sharon Kilbreath
    C42 - Cumberland Campus, The University of Sydney Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia; sharon.kilbreath{at}

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Upper limb impairments are commonly reported following surgery for breast cancer, particularly surgery that involves the axilla. Common impairments include shoulder stiffness and reduced range of movement, upper limb discomfort and pain, and for some, swelling. These impairments can have an impact on the quality of life. McNeely and colleagues have undertaken a rigorous systematic review to determine the benefits of exercise in addressing shoulder mobility, pain and prevention of lymphoedema without causing seromas or increased wound drainage. Following a protracted search, the authors identified 24 studies that met their inclusion criteria, of which 10 were of sound methodological quality. Exercise-based interventions were conducted around the time of surgery as well as during and following the medical …

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