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Doctor insights on: Medications That Are Safe To Take Before A Mastectomy

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Which medications are safe to take before mastectomy surgery?

Which medications are safe to take before mastectomy surgery?

Varies: This is best covered at your anesthesia preop interview. Usually, pain meds are ok except for nsaids like ibuprofen. Antacids are good, though do not eat Tums (calcium carbonate) while fasting as this counts as food. BP meds generally ok, especially beta blockers like metoprolol. Long-acting Insulin held or reduced, short-acting held. It really should be spelled out for you exactly before your surgery. ...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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For how long does a mastectomy surgery take?

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 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

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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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How many hours it takes to do complete mastectomy with concurrent reconstructive surgery?

How many hours it takes to do complete mastectomy with concurrent reconstructive surgery?

Varies: The mastectomy would take about an hour, but the reconstruction time would vary based on technique. Tissue expanders for later implants would be another 1-2 hrs, give or take, but free flap tissue transfer reconstruction can take several hours. These general times are variable based upon patient habitus and surgeon differences. Good luck. ...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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When is it safe for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy?

Depends: Reconstruction can be done at the time of the mastectomy (and give the better cosmetic appearance) or anytime after the scar has healed. If done later it is typically delayed until any chemo or radiation has been completed and your body has recovered from them. This may take 1-2 years depending on type of chemo and your reactionto it. ...Read more

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After mastectomy surgery what should I do?

Reach recovery: If this is being done for cancer, and with out reconstruction this is a good organization. Need a little more info to give you a meaningful answer ...Read more

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Can I have mastectomy with reconstruction surgery?

Almost always: Proper oncologic (cancer) surgery comes first then any closure/recon is usually fine. The main issue/concern is if post mastectomy is anticipated. With implant recon it's a catch22. Xrt causes contracture and can effect the result. If wait, then usually can't stretch tissues fully for the implant. With autologous tissue recon, it should be delayed til after XRT - don't radiate nl healthy tissue. ...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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Reconstruction surgery favorable together with mastectomy for ilcis stage 1b, 0.8 cm?

Reconstruction surgery favorable together with mastectomy for ilcis stage 1b, 0.8 cm?

You have options: Your oncologic breast surgeon will discuss your options of lumpectomy vs mastectomy. Once you have made that decision, then reconstructive options can be discussed - immediate vs delayed, autogenous vs expander/implant. ...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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How effective is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

How effective is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

Often very effective: There are many choices available now for women who opt for reconstruction and it is important to seek the opinion of a plastic surgeon with experience in this area. The results will depend on many factors including whether or not you are a smoker and if you receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It is important to be realistic - it is not just the same as getting breast implants. ...Read more

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How noticeable is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

Variable: There are a lot of variables involved but in general a double mastectomy is a good situation for reconstruction. That is because it is easier to create two similar breasts than to have to match an existing breast. If possible learn about your reconstruction options before the mastectomy. ...Read more

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If I have a mastectomy, could that mean I won't need other treatment after surgery?

Unlikely: If the breast tumor is a ductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer than you may not need further therapy. If it is stage 1 or more, you may not need radiation. If it is high risk (lymph nodes involved, triple negative, high oncotype score) you may need chemo and if it is hormone sensitive you may also need a hormone blocker. ...Read more

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Why radiation after a mastectomy? I have already had chemo pre surgery

Why radiation after a mastectomy? I have already had chemo pre surgery

Local recurrences: After mastectomy there is some breast tissue left along back of skin & chest wall. Ctx is most effective at lowering chance of tumor recurring distantly from breast and lymph nodes by killing microscopic cells n the blood if they r there. Radiation after mrm further reduces the chance of tumor recurring n chest wall or nodes. >4ln's, tumor>5cm, or + margin are indications. Increases survival. ...Read more

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