Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
3 to 4 wks: Most of the patents will recover in 3 to 4 wks, then also most of them under go chemotherapy or radiation which will prolong the recovery for months.
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
With Reconstruction?: Recovery varies quite a bit depending on whether reconstruction is done, and the specific type of reconstruction. W/o: hospital-stay for 1-2 days; re ... Read More
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
2-6 weeks depending: There are many different types of breast reconstruction procedure including breast implants and various techniques that use our own tissue (flaps and ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Weeks": Recovery following a mastectomy depends heavily on the type of mastectomy, whether a reconstruction is performed & which method. Without reconstructio ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends : 2-6 weeks? Small breasts! Young person? Other disease? Or risk factors. Obesity?
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
It depends.: When a mastectomy is performed without a reconstruction, most women are hospitalized for only 1-2 days, and may return to full activities in 2-3 weeks ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Holmes
A Verified Doctor answered
A US doctor answered Learn more
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
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
29 years experience General Surgery
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Lumpectomy 2 hours Simple mastectomy 2-3 Radical 3-5 Also depends on size, disease, and some other surgical,features
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elliot Duboys
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Varies: Are you looking for a surgical time, or are you looking for a time from start to finish? There are multiple reconstructive alternatives which take an ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Brown
31 years experience Breast Surgery
Depends on why: Usually the beginning of the reconstructive process can take place at the time of mastectomy. If radiation will be needed, many plastic surgeons will ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month