Wound drainage following radical mastectomy: the effect of restriction of shoulder movement.

  • Terry Flew
  • Published 1979 in The British journal of surgery


A randomized prospective clinical trial has been performed to determine the effect of temporary immobilization of the shoulder on wound drainage following radical mastectomy. In 64 patients admitted to the trial the mean volume of drainage was reduced by 40 per cent in those who had shoulder movement restricted for the first 7 days after operation when… (More)