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How long does it typically take to recover after a mastectomy?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: It depends.
When a mastectomy is performed without a reconstruction, most women are hospitalized for only 1-2 days, and may return to full activities in 2-3 weeks.
If a reconstruction is performed simultaneously, this may double the recovery time. These estimates may vary depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the age of the patient, and their overall health.

In brief: It depends.
When a mastectomy is performed without a reconstruction, most women are hospitalized for only 1-2 days, and may return to full activities in 2-3 weeks.
If a reconstruction is performed simultaneously, this may double the recovery time. These estimates may vary depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the age of the patient, and their overall health.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Winnie Polen
Breast Surgery
In brief: 1-8 weeks
If you are having a mastectomy with no plastic reconstruction, usually you will stay in the hospital for 1 night and then be functional.
You will be able to take care of yourself (brush your hair, cook) with some mild stiffness/soreness throughout the following week. If you are having reconstruction it will be several weeks depending on what type of reconstruction.

In brief: 1-8 weeks
If you are having a mastectomy with no plastic reconstruction, usually you will stay in the hospital for 1 night and then be functional.
You will be able to take care of yourself (brush your hair, cook) with some mild stiffness/soreness throughout the following week. If you are having reconstruction it will be several weeks depending on what type of reconstruction.
Dr. Winnie Polen
Dr. Winnie Polen
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