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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Just had surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders, how long recovery and will I need a nurse when I come home?
Can be long: Everyone is different. Expect to spend the night in the hospital and go home the next day. Most people are able to get up and about on their own. There are definite restrictions in your activity but these will mainly be things family members can manage. You will have drains that are very very easy to use and care for. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?
If the mastectomy also took lymph nodes out of the armpit, the arm will always have a tendency to swell. You should avoid shots, blood drawing, blood pressure on that arm to try to not have swelling.
If your arm is swollen, you can try elevating it over your head. Sleep with it up on a pillow.
If swelling continues, your doctor can prescribe a fitted sleeve to help keep swelling under control. ...Read more
Is the time taken for double mastectomy with diep construction too long an op for someone with previous DVT due to BC?
DVT prevention: Any lengthy surgery can lead to deep vein thrombosis, however, when someone undergoing surgery has a history of it, precautions can be taken to prevent it from occurring and/or precautions can be undertaken to prevent the potential clot from traveling to the heart and lungs which is where DVT causes its problem ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with. 6 cm cancerous breast tumor. I have chosen to have a double mastectomy. Will I have to take arimidex (anastrozole).
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 question. Please clarify with your health care provider. ...Read more
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