Karen was seen one-day post-op to initiate rehab. Jackson-Pratt drains were in place. Exercise at this point included squeezing a tennis ball with left arm elevated; flexing and extending left fingers, wrist and elbow; shoulder shrugs and shoulder girdle retraction.
Bilateral baseline circumferential measurements were taken at the following landmarks to monitor for future lymphedema (discussed under the next section):
On the day of discharge the Jackson-Pratts were removed. Karen was then evaluated for a home program and education.
In the event that Karen would not be able to return for outpatient therapy what specific information needs to be given regarding lymphedema?