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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 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 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 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?

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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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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