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How Long After Mastectomy Can I Go Swimming In My Pool
Ask Your Surgeon: Much of our advice is based on sound scientific principles, however questions such as yours have a lot to do with the particular surgeon's customs, training, and experience, and are better answered by the person who closed your incisions. In my practice, i would let someone swim app. One week after drain removal, provided that they had no shoulder weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your surgeon: Should provide you with option of immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction, if it is technically feasible. If, for whatever reason, you do not-or did not-have this option, you probably should wait one year after your last treatment, whether it was mastectomy or radiation treatment. Consult a reconstructive plastic surgeon for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more
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. If a reconstruction is performed simultaneously, this may double the recovery time. These estimates may vary depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the age of the patient, and their overall health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 3-6 weeks: Recovery from surgery varies in different patients. Mastectomy may or may not be accompanied with removal of lymph noded from the axilla (armpit). Also it may be done in association with or without breast reconstruction. These issues as well as other issues such as need for chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment all affect the recovery. So the recovery period varies. ...Read more
Depends on: What you want to do . In uncoplicated case with no tension on the flap , stcihes will be our with in 2 wks , by 4 th wk most of the daily chores will be able to do. If you want to play tenis , golf etc , need physical therapy , full range of motion , you need to ask your surgeon , you may have already in yur discharge instructions. ...Read more
Post Surgery: We defer to surgeons caring for you during post-op times. You were sent home with specific instructions about this from your surgeon. Please consult those post operative instructions. ...Read more
2-6 weeks: Recovery from a mastectomy is primarily dependent on whether a simultaneous reconstruction is performed, and, if so, what type of reconstruction. Without a reconstruction, an experienced runner should be back to most activities in 2 weeks. With a flap reconstruction, that same athlete may not be ready to run for ~6 weeks. Of course, the best person to ask is your surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
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