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.
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.
Breast reconstruction recovery can depend on the type of reconstruction performed- generally, implant based breast reconstruction will have a recovery time of about 4 weeks. When using your own tissue (either from the abdomen or the back) recovery time increases to approximtely 6 weeks-- keeping in mind other patient medical conditions, prior radiation treatment may cause healing time to increase... best of luck
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Recovery time after breast reconstruction surgery
For implant based reconstruction, it is normally a few days in hospital then home with a drain. You need to take it easy for a few weeks and you can't shower until the drains are removed. I would say no swimming or exercise for 3 - 4 weeks although you should be driving after a week or so.
For a TRAM or DIEP flap breast reconstruction, it is a week in hospital then not lifting anything heavier than 2 grocery bags for 4 weeks. No exercise or swimming for at least 4 weeks. Driving after this type of surgery is different for different people, but around 2 -3 weeks for most.
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Recovery of breast recon
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Recovery time after for breast reconstruction aftermastectomy
Recovery time after mastectomy for reconstruction
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
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