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How long does a double mastectomy take?

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 surgeons- at the same time starting when you are done one side - it is 4ish. Add formal axillary dissection to one or more sides adds 1 1/2 hours therefor 5 to5 1/2. Tram flaps 6 to 7 total. You need to know 1 any node procedure 2 what reconstruct. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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How long di double mastectomy procedure take?

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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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 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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How long does it typically take to recover after a mastectomy?

How long does it typically take to recover after a mastectomy?

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 more

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How long does it take to fully recover from a mastectomy?

How long does it take to fully recover from a mastectomy?

"Weeks": Recovery following a mastectomy depends heavily on the type of mastectomy, whether a reconstruction is performed & which method. Without reconstruction, one may be out of the hospital in a day & back to work in 10-14 days. With reconstruction, these numbers are (at least) doubled. ...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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For how long does it take to recover from a bi-lateral mastectomy?

Depends : 2-6 weeks? Small breasts! Young person? Other disease? Or risk factors. Obesity? ...Read more

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After a double mastectomy, how long do you have to wait to lift over 5-10 pounds?

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

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Surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders. How long is the recovery?

Surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders. How long is the recovery?

Weeks: Most women will require hospitalization for 2-3 days for pain control; most may return to a non-strenuous job in (2 to...) 3 weeks. Depending on other treatment, the tissue expansion may start at that point and last for months, culminating in out-patient surgery to remove the expanders and place the permanent implants. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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