What's the Average Recovery Time of Breast Reconstruction for a Mastectomy?
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Recovery time after breast reconstruction for a mastectomy
1. For implant base breast reconstruction - stage 1 involves placement of a tissue expander and alloderm after mastectomy - Normally the patient stays in the hospital for 1 to 2 days for this stage1. All the surgical sites should heal and the drains removed by week 3. Patient should be able to return to work by week 3 to 4. Stage 2 involves removal of tissue expander and placement of permanent implant. This surgery is outpatient which means you could go home the same day.
2. For autologous tissue breast reconstruction i.e. free TRAM, DIEP, and SGAP flaps, the surgery usually takes about 8 to 10 hours depending on one or 2 sides. After the surgery, the patient stays in the hospital for 5 days. You should feel fully recovered by week 3-4. All subsequent touch up surgeries are outpatient.
This varies a lot depending on what procedures have been done before, and whether any complications have been present in the area. Four to six weeks and out to 8 weeks is not uncommon to have activities altered due to surgery and recovery.
Recovery time after for breast reconstruction aftermastectomy
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Real times for DIEP flap and Implant based breast reconstruction
Women interested in autologous microvascular breast reconstruction are candidates for perforator flaps from their body including DIEP (abdomen), GAP (buttock), PAP (thigh), TUG (thigh), SIEA (abdomen) or TAP (chest wall) flaps. The recovery is often 4 - 6 weeks.
Implant-based breast reconstruction may be performed in two stages (tissue expander & implant) or a single stage (direct-to-implant). The recovery is often 2-4 weeks.
Recovery times can be shorter or longer, based on the patient and complexity of reconstruction.
Recovery Time for Breast Reconstruction
Recovery Time after Breast Reconstruction
What is The Average Time for Recovery After Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy?
2.Over night stay in hospital only
3.improved cosmetic result
4. Acceptable scarring
5.Faster recovery and return to active lifestyle.
I have found after 600 breast reconstructions that most patients want to return to their active life style as soon as possible and for that reason they choose the single stage procedure. The average recovery time after a single stage procedure is 2 to 4 weeks.
Recovery time for breast reconstruction
Recovery time will vary on which breast reconstruction procedure you opt for. Implant-based reconstruction is the simplest and least painful procedure, along with the least recuperation time. Typically, most women are doing most things within 2-3 wks. Flap-based procedures are more complex and require procedures performed on 2 different areas of your body. Depending on which flap procedure was performed, recuperation time varies from 4-8 weeks. Usually, I recommend a 6 week recovery time for breast reconstruction, with most women being able to get back to work earlier if they so choose.
Breast Reconstruction Recovery
Recovery depends on the options you chose. We provide tissue or implant reconstruction. The rate limiting factors are body habitus, cancer stage, and patient preference. Implant reconstruction involves a 1 week recovery, whereas tissue (DIEP/TRAM/GAP) recovery is about 2-3 weeks. It is important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon with a special interest in breast cancer reconstruction, who is experienced in providing all these options to you.
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