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How long does a double mastectomy take

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
2-5 hours.: The length of surgery is dependent on the technique (simple-, modified radical-, nipple sparing-, etc) and whether reconstruction is performed simulta... Read More
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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology 46 years experience
3 to 6 hours: Double simple mastectomy d cup 2 1/2 hours. Add sentinel ln to both sides make it 3. If you add reconstruction with tissue expanders by the plastic ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 32 years experience
Not long: The actual procedure should take no more than 2 hours, perhaps a bit less, depending on the pathology and indication for the procedure.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Adjuvant chemo: First of all, we need to make sure that the wound from mastectomy are healing well before we start chemotherapy. So it is roughly as early as 4 weeks ... Read More
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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Short break: Chemotherapy is generally given before radiation. This starts 4-6 weeks after surgery. In most cases, radiation is not required after mastectomy. Exce... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 47 years experience
Depends on the: stage and biochemical markers of the cancer. Consult with your surgeon or oncologist for specific details, but pathologic staging would not be availa... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Holmes
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Two hours on average: The actual length of the operation depends on the type of mastectomy performed and the type of lymph node procedure that is performed at the same time... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Removal of 2 breasts: Double mastectomy implies removal of both breasts. This may be done to treat breast cancer in one breast and to prevent the future development of can... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: In most cases, it is covered by insurance (will depend on your coverage and deductible). I recommend you find a breast surgeon and plastic surgeon in... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Breast Surgery 49 years experience
Need more info: This is a very vague question. Without knowing the reason why a double mastectomy has been recommended for you, there is no way to answer that questio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Brown
General Surgery 34 years experience
Why?: Why would you want to? If cancer is diagnosed, there is coverage for treatment, even if Medicaid.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 32 years experience
Much like unilateral: Its not so different than a unilateral procedure - more but not necessarily double the discomfort. This may be influenced by reconstruction options ch... Read More
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