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What is the normal post-op nursing wound and drain management in mastectomy patient?

What is the normal post-op nursing wound and drain management in mastectomy patient?

Varies: Some persons have very good tissue, and others may not.
If fluid is expected, drains of closed system variety are placed and removed when volume of drainage decreases or stops.
The incision (s) may be sutured, stapled or glued and have needs of management or removal at 10- 14 days based on surgeon preference and tissue appearance. Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I had simple mastectomy 4 days ago & no drain was placed. The area seems now to be filled with fluid. I can hear the liquid when I move. What to do?

I had simple mastectomy 4 days ago & no drain was placed. The area seems now to be filled with fluid. I can hear the liquid when I move. What to do?

Get seen now: This sounds like a seroma. Placing a drain is not always a good idea -- it's a two-way passage that can let bacteria into an area. Your surgeon will want to know. Best wishes. Read more

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Wife had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction two days ago. Is having back pain...Is this normal? Insicions are clean. Drains emptied on schedul

Wife had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction two days ago. Is having back pain...Is this normal? Insicions are clean. Drains emptied on schedul

Not abnormal: After laying flat on their back for several hours under anesthesia, many people have back soreness set in after a day or two. Ask your doc what she could take for it. Read more

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Post mastectomy drainage still draining about 60 cc a day after 6 days. Still some swelling but no infection. Is this normal?

Post mastectomy drainage still draining about 60 cc a day after 6 days. Still some swelling but no infection. Is this normal?

Not uncommon: No one likes the drain, but it really is a problem if it's removed too early. Hang in there. Your surgeon will remove it when it's ready. Read more

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How would I get more comfort with drains after double masectomy?

Tough one: Make sure dressing around drains on well so they don't tug. Fold a 4x4 gauze in half put under the drain close to where it coming out from the skin and do the same above the drain. And place tape to hold in place, should help. 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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How long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

How long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

Ask Your Surgeon: Much of our advice is based on sound scientific principles, however questions such as yours have a lot to do with the particular surgeon's customs, training, and experience, and are better answered by the person who closed your incisions. In my practice, I would let someone swim app. One week after drain removal, provided that they had no shoulder weakness. Read more

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For how long after a double mastectomy does chemo begin?

For how long after a double mastectomy does chemo begin?

After wound has heal: Typically, it takes 2 weeks for the surgery wound to heal. So once the wound has healed and there is no infection, chemotherapy can be started. Most patients start their chemotherapy in 2 to 4 months after removal of the breast tumors. Read more

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For how long after mastectomy can I go swimming in my pool?

Varies: BUT all sutures out, skin sealed. No swelling, no drainage, good mobility.
AND your surgeon says GO swim!
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How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running?

How long after my mastectomy will I be able to return to running?

2-6 weeks: Recovery from a mastectomy is primarily dependent on whether a simultaneous reconstruction is performed, and, if so, what type of reconstruction. Without a reconstruction, an experienced runner should be back to most activities in 2 weeks. With a flap reconstruction, that same athlete may not be ready to run for ~6 weeks. Of course, the best person to ask is your surgeon. Good luck! 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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Just had surgery of double mastectomy with tissue expanders, how long recovery and will I need a nurse when I come home?

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

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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 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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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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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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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 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