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How long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

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 more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more


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For how long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

For how long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

Varies: BUT all sutures out, skin sealed. No swelling, no drainage, good mobility.
AND your surgeon says GO swim!
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After a mastectomy and reconstruction how soon can you go in a swimming pool?

After a mastectomy and reconstruction how soon can you go in a swimming pool?

As soon as...: Your incisions have healed completely, your drains are out, and you are cleared to do so by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after gromet insertion can you go swimming or how long do you have to wait?

Does anyone know, after gromet insertion can you go swimming or how long do you have to wait?

A few weeks: Hi
It takes a few weeks. Mostly we're waiting for the ear drum to heal around the grommet itself. After that swimming is generally ok. If you can get the soft earplugs that just sit on top and don't insert into the ear canal, that's better. I'd also stick with surface swimming in a swimming pool or ocean only. Avoid diving and lakes/ponds which can have higher amounts of bacteria. ...Read more

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For how long after mastectomy can I have breast re-construction?

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

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How long does a double mastectomy take?

How long does a double mastectomy take?

2-5 hours.: The length of surgery is dependent on the technique (simple-, modified radical-, nipple sparing-, etc) and whether reconstruction is performed simultaneously. A bilateral simple mastectomy alone may take less than 2 hours; this time may increase 1-3 hours with reconstruction. ...Read more

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For how long is the recovery time after a mastectomy?

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

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For how long does a mastectomy surgery take?

Depends: Lumpectomy 2 hours
Simple mastectomy 2-3
Radical 3-5
Also depends on size, disease, and some other surgical, features ...Read more

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How long for hospital stay after radical mastectomy?

Radical?: Radical mastectomy (removal of the breast, axillary nodes, and the chest wall muscle behind the bread)t is rarely done now except for a locally advanced tumor directly invading muscle despite neoadjuvant therapy. A total mastectomy is removal of all the breast tissue (incl nipple complex). Often done with sentinel node bx. Modified radical is a total mastectomy plus an axillary node dissection. ...Read more

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How long after a double mastectomy before you can have sex?

How long after a double mastectomy before you can have sex?

It depends: Having sex involves many physical, emotional and consentual factors. It also has many ways and moods. So there is no one answer to fit all. When you feel physically comfortable and emotionally ready you may become intimate with your partner. It may be only in a few days or may take many months. If emotionally you did not feel ready when physically you are, counselling may be needed. ...Read more

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How long do patients have to stay in hospital after mastectomy?

Depends: Hospital stay depends on each individual patient and their respective surgeries. In my practice, a patient who undergoes a routine, uneventful total mastectomy can be discharged home the day after surgery. ...Read more

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How long will I have tightness and swelling after double mastectomy?

How long will I have tightness and swelling after double mastectomy?

Variable: While everyone is different, the wounds and healin process should be about 90% complete in the 6-8 week timeframe. It is common however to become easily fatigued for many weeks to months after surgery. Not everyone has this issue, but it is common. Hope this helps! And best of luck. ...Read more

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For how long does a mastectomy take?

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. Immediate reconstruction (if planned) must also be factored in. But in general, the mastectomy operation takes about 2 hours with wound closure taking up about 1/4 of the time. ...Read more

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How long until you can swim post mastectomy?

Depends on: How fast you recovered, not just physical wound which will heal with in 4 to 6 wks, but the mental wound which you will know. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long di double mastectomy procedure take?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a mastectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a mastectomy?

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. ...Read more

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For how long do I have to wait to heal after a mastectomy?

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

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For how long after a double mastectomy does chemo begin?

For how long after a double mastectomy does chemo begin?

After wound has heal: Typically, it takes 2 weeks for the surgery wound to heal. So once the wound has healed and there is no infection, chemotherapy can be started. Most patients start their chemotherapy in 2 to 4 months after removal of the breast tumors. ...Read more

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How long is hospital stay for a double mastectomy?

How long is hospital stay for a double mastectomy?

Reconstruction?: It really depends on what kind of reconstruction you decide upon. The double mastectomy usually involves a 1 night hospital stay if no reconstruction is utilized. However, if a reconstruction is done using flaps, then you will probably be in the hosptial a few days to make sure everything is healing properly. ...Read more

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For how long do you think a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery should take?

For how long do you think a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery should take?

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 anywhere from 1 hour additional to 10 hours additional in the operating room. Usually the entire procedure can take upwards of 1 year to fully heal and sometimes longer. ...Read more

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How long do you think a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery should take in or?

How long do you think a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery should take in or?

It depends: Depents on the size of the breast. Whether or not an axillary node surgery such as sentinel node biopsy and/or axillary node dissection is being done and also the type of reconstruction. Usually muscle flaps take longer than implants. So based on the circumstances it may take somewhere from 3 to 5 or 6 hours. But please realize that the time of surgery is very unpredictable. ...Read more

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Following a mastectomy, how long do you have to wait before reconstructive surgery can take place?

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 recommend delaying reconstruction for about 6 months. ...Read more

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When having a mastectomy single or double. How long ate you on hosp? Complications likely to arise from copd?

When having a mastectomy single or double. How long ate you on hosp? Complications likely to arise from copd?

Speak to your doctor: This question can only be answered by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If you find that your questions are not being answered, then get a second opinion. You should be made to feel comfortable by your clinician when asking questions. It is your right to the information as a patient. ...Read more

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After how long, is it safe to take a blood pressure on someone who has had a mastectomy?

After how long, is it safe to take a blood pressure on someone who has had a mastectomy?

Other arm: Generally most patients who have had a mastectomy will have dependent lymphedema of the affected arm, due to lymph node dissection. You are perfectly able to take a blood pressure in the other arm. ...Read more

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When does chemo being after mastectomy? I am having a double mastectomy and I am wondering how long it usually take before chemo radiation begins?

When does chemo being after mastectomy? I am having a double mastectomy and I am wondering how long it usually take before chemo radiation begins?

Short break: Chemotherapy is generally given before radiation. This starts 4-6 weeks after surgery. In most cases, radiation is not required after mastectomy. Exceptions are for patients with large tumors (>5cm), skin or muscle involvement with tumor, or > 3 lymph nodes involved with cancer; patients with any of these will benefit from post-mastectomy radiation. This is given over 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before I can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that I won't be able to exercise or c

How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before I can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that I won't be able to exercise or c

Different for all: This will depend if you had reconstruction or not. You may have to consult with your surgeon and plastic surgeon to find out their specific instructions.
My motto with my patients: "if it feels good, it is okay to do". I like to encourage people getting back into their normal routines. Exercise is great for recovery. You may want to start with walking and then work back up to running. ...Read more

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How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before I can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that I won't be able to exercise or c

How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running? I enjoy running in road races with my family. Once I have my mastectomy, how long before I can begin training and running again? Is there a time period that I won't be able to exercise or c

A few weeks: You may start light exercise in 1-2 weeks. You may gradually increase activities over the next 4-6 weeks. To reach full activities it may take about 2-3 months. However other factors need to be taken into consideration such as reconstruction, any untoward complication and if there is any need for chemotherapy. Your surgeon will be able to give you more specific answers based on your situation. ...Read more