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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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