How long after breast surgery is radiation?

Variable. To add a few points to dr. Vaziri's excellent answer...If no chemo is given post-op, radiation oncologists like to begin rx within 6 weeks. Another option available in some centers is intraoperative radiation therapy. As the name implies, rx is completed at the time of the lumpectomy. While not for everyone, this is a promising alternative that i believe will increase in usage in the future.
It depends. Radiation may be given after a lumpectomy procedure. If chemotherapy is considered usually radiation will be given after completion of chemotherapy. In case of partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy), it is given shortly after lumpectomy whether or not chemotherapy is given. If radiation is needed after a mastectomy procedure, it is given after wound healing or after chemorx if chemorx needed.

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When after breast surgery is radiation started?

Usually 4-6 weeks. Depends on the type of breast surgery and how quickly you heal. You need to have close to full range of arm motion and a healed wound. Read more...
Depends. The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved. Read more...

Does radiation therapy affect having breast surgery? I would love to undergo breast reconstruction after my therapy, is that possible?

Reconstruction . Reconstruction after mastectomy and radiation therapy is absolutely possible. First and foremost, remember that radiation following mastectomy contributes significantly to improved disease control and survival for most patients with positive lymph nodes or tumors measuring over 5 cm. While radiation may increase the risk of complications following breast reconstruction, the majority of patients can under successful reconstruction. In general, autogenous flaps are preferred over implants in the setting of radiation. Your surgeon, plastic surgeon and radiation oncologist will work together to achieve optimal results. Read more...
Definitely possible. Yes, you certainly can, but radiation can affect your results, especially if you have reconstruction with breast implants. Tissue flap reconstructions tend to have fewer complications than implant reconstructions in patients that have had radiation. Please discuss this fully with your plastic surgeon. Read more...
Yes. It is a common procedure. Your plastic surgeon will describe the available options. Read more...
Very common. While the best cosmetic results from plastic reconstructive surgery and radiation therapy to the breast or chest wall work against one another this is a very common scenario that is fairly well understood and managed. Xrt is aimed at minimizing risk of cancer coming back. Plastic surgeon and rad onc will explain time table of the two. Basically implants or flaps must wait for 4 months after xrt. Read more...
Breast cancer. Breast reconstruction after radiation in my practice is most commonly performed with a flap like a diep, tug, sgap. The reason is that skin must be added back. If you don't have a flap a tissue expander must be place to help re establish the pocket that existed when the mastectomy was first done. Tissue expander and subsequent implant placement have higher failure rates when XRT has been done. Read more...
You should be able. Most women are candidates for breast reconstruction. In many women who require radiation therapy to treat their breast cancer we often delay their breast reconstruction about 6-12 months after radiation. At that time there are numerous options that are available. Usually using your own tissue is preferable. Ask your plastic surgeon. Read more...
Vascular compromise. Radiation is wonderful at destroying cancer cells, unfortunately, other than targeting the physical area, it is not specific and may destroy local health cells in close proximity to cancer cells. This will increase the local wound complication rate if local tissues are used for the reconstruction and the dr of distant flaps or free flaps may be preferred to bring in healthy tissue. Fat grafting? Read more...

How long after breast surgery with implants will I be in pain for?

Pain. Variable; i put the implant under the muscle which may have more pain than under the breast only. Either way it will not be very painful after 2-3 weeks. Read more...
Everyone's different. Each patient experiences pain differently. Most people are off of narcotics by a week or so. Read more...
Varies. Most patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery experience tolerable discomfort for the first week after the procedure. Most patients are also "over the hump” between 2-4 days after the procedure is performed. Pain medication and muscle relaxants are helpful during this recovery. Most patients are able to return to a desk job within one week after the procedure is performed. Read more...
Most of our patients. Find the surgery is easier than they expected. 80% of them are off pain pills within 2-3 days. Read more...
Augmentation pain. Post augmentation pain with implants is worst for the first 2-3 days but can be managed by use of local anesthetics, muscle relaxants, nsaids and narcotic medication. Most patients are back to work in a few days though upper body exercises are restricted for 3-4 weeks. Some patients may have soreness for a variable period of time. Read more...

When you wake up from breast surgery, how long will it take to be lucid again?

Depends. On the duration of the surgery, the types of medications administered. Read more...
Varies. From person to person because of individual responses to anesthesia and how long you were under anesthesia and what type of anesthesia is used, . Read more...