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Mastectomy Drains How Long
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
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?
Wife had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction two days ago. Is having back pain...Is this normal? Insicions are clean. Drains emptied on schedul
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
"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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