How much pain after TE are replaced with implants after mastectomy?

Hi I had a bilateral mastectomy with TE in place... Im waiting on the 2nd phase of reconstruction now... My question is how much pain should I expect to be in? Is this procedure really painful? And what's the recovery time?

Doctor Answers 1

Tissue expander swap recovery

This surgery is not usually very painful. It is performed as an outpatient procedure, and I'd plan on you taking about a week off. Let's say a mastectomy is an 8/10 on the surgical pain severity scale, this is more of a 2/10 at worse. Ask your surgeon is you need to have extensive capsulectomy or if you will need a drain, this can increase it to a 3 or 4 at worst. Make sure you look into fat grafting too which I love to do at the same time ;)


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