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Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS)

Between 20% and 30% of women develop symptoms of PMPS after surgery. It is most common after operations that remove tissue in the upper outside portion of the breast or the underarm area.

PMPS is thought to be linked to damage done to the nerves in the armpit and chest during surgery. But the causes are not known for sure. Women who are younger, who have had a full axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and not just a sentinel lymph node biopsy, or who were treated with radiation after surgery are more likely to have problems with PMPS.

Treatment Options:

Until recently opioids/gabapentin/pregabalin were commonly used. Dr. Kalava offers cutting edge, opioid free therapies to better manage PMPS.

The options available for PMPS are 1. Paravertebral Nerve Blocks 2. Pectoral Nerve Blocks 3. Radio Frequency Ablation and 4. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation.

Call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalava and better control your PMPS.