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How long do you think a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery should take in or?
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Type reconstruction?
A double mastectomy usually takes about 3-4 hours.
If implants are used for the reconstruction, this takes another 2 hours. If a free tram flap is used, then plan on an additional 4-6 hours in the operating room. Generally the reconstruction takes longer than the mastectomy.

In brief: Type reconstruction?
A double mastectomy usually takes about 3-4 hours.
If implants are used for the reconstruction, this takes another 2 hours. If a free tram flap is used, then plan on an additional 4-6 hours in the operating room. Generally the reconstruction takes longer than the mastectomy.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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