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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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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 does it usually take to recover after an abdominoplasty?

How long does it usually take to recover after an abdominoplasty?

Depends...: Although tummy tuck surgery is a great operation for the right patient, it is often associated with significant physical and emotional recovery that is underestimated by both patients and their surgeons. I asked patients to plan on a 4 to 6 weeks period of rest and decreased activity. It usually takes several months before patients are back to 100% of their energy level… Best wishes. ...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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How long does it take to recover after a caesarian?

How long does it take to recover after a caesarian?

8 weeks: Cesarean sections usually require 3 days of hospitalization. After that, i recommend light activity (no lifting more than your baby and no pushing/pulling/vacuuming/sweeping) for 2 weeks. No driving until you can stomp on the brakes to miss a kid running out in front of you. Pelvic rest (no sex, tampons, or douching) for 6 weeks to prevent infection. Full recovery takes 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

Within 1 week: It is an outpatient procedure so you will go home the same day. Most patients experience some soreness and swelling. However by the next day, you are functional and able to take care of yourself (brush your hair, cook). Just no vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for about 1 week. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after a shoulder replacement?

How long does it take to recover after a shoulder replacement?

About 3-6 months: Total shoulder arthroplasty (tsa) replaces the shoulder ball and socket with metal and plastic. To expose the joint for replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons (subscapularus) has to be detached from the humerus. It takes about 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to bone and motion is restricted during this healing time. Afterwards, therapy is needed to restore motion and strenght. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover after esophageal surgery?

How long does it usually take to recover after esophageal surgery?

It varies per person: Esophageal surgery, specifically esophagectomy is "varsity" level or big surgery. Often it may take 6 months to a year for someone to forget that they had surgery. ...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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How long does it take to recover after a laparoscopy ans custectomy?

How long does it take to recover after a laparoscopy ans custectomy?

1-2 weeks: Normally the first 2-3 days are the worst. The n recovery is quicker after 2 weeks you should feel almost back to normal. Certainly you can do most daily activities. 4 weeks for very strenuous activity. ...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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How long does it take to recover after having liposuction?

How long does it take to recover after having liposuction?

Relatively quickly: The recovery from liposuction will depend on the areas that were done. Most people will return to light activity and work within a couple of days. Four to six weeks before resuming normal exercise routines and rigorous activities. http://www.dassmd.com/liposuction/index.html. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after artery surgery?

How long does it take to recover after artery surgery?

Depends: It depends on where is the surgery and is it open or endovascular like stenting .. It can be variable from few days to few weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?

Varies: Recovery can take from a few days to a few weeks. The route of the surgery, vaginal-laparoscopic-abdominal, etc, will affect the recovery time. ...Read more

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How long does it take a patella to heal after surgery?

How long does it take a patella to heal after surgery?

6 wks: Without knowing what you had done it is hard to say for sure. Did you have a broken patella repaired? If so roughly 6 weeks for bone the heal then maybe another 6 or so weeks of therapy. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after an ACL surgery?

How long does it take to recover after an ACL surgery?

11 months: Full recovery from surgery to return to play in nfl football players is 11 months. In general it is a 6 month to 12 month process to return to play. Surgery itself only takes 2 hours or less but it takes months for the ligament to heal in place and then months for the leg to regain strength and another few months to return to activity. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

After the surgery: Orthognatic jaw surgery is major bone surgery, and the recovery period takes 3-6 month. It is important to be patient and follow postsurgery instructions. Take care. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a hemigastrectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a hemigastrectomy?

Depends : If there are no complications, the hospital stay should be 3-6 days, and you would typically be back to mostly normal activity by 6-12 weeks. May need to eat smaller portions, and lower carbohydrates until the body adapts to avoid something called "dumping syndrome". Easy fatigue can last for months. Of course, everyone responds differently. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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For how long does it take to reecover after a hemorrhoidectomy?

For how long does it take to reecover after a hemorrhoidectomy?

Depends: It depends on how bad the hemorrhoids are and how many. Recovery may take 2 weeks or two months depending on how extensive the surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stye to recover after it bursts?

How long does it take for a stye to recover after it bursts?

1-2 wks: I would give it approx 10 days. Keep up with the compresses. If it lasts more than 2 wks, then an ophthalmologist can give you extra help. ...Read more

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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

Post-mastectomy : 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

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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 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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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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How ong would it would take for a mastectomy to heal?

Varies: In a routine mastectomy with no immediate reconstruction, the skin will be healed in about 7-14 days, and closure staples may be removed. However, healing will continue for up to a year. So a final cosmetic result will not be immediately seen. The entire process changes if there's immediate reconstruction with tissue flaps or expanders. Your activity will be limited for about a month. Good luck. ...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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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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For what length of time does a mastectomy surgery take?

Mastectomy: This varies from surgeon to surgeon, but on average, depending on whether a lymph node dissection or simultaneous reconstruction is done a mastectomy can take between 1-2 hours. ...Read more