Breast reconstruction recovery
The average recovery time for breast reconstruction surgery can also vary depending on the type of procedure used (implants versus flap/fat grafting). However, for most patients, there is a recovery time of about two to six weeks. During this time, you may be limited in your physical activity and should follow your doctor’s recommendations. Immediately following the procedure, you can expect to be kept in the hospital for one to two days.
Breast reconstruction procedural steps
Patients during a mastectomy reconstruction are placed under general anesthesia prior to beginning treatment. For an implant procedure, a pocket will be created and saline or silicone breast implants will be inserted and positioned before suturing the incision closed. For flap procedures, fat may be grafted from other areas of the body (such as the buttocks or thighs) to reconstruct the breast tissue.
Breast reconstruction risks and safety information
As with any surgical procedure, there are some inherent risks that come along with a breast reconstruction after mastectomy. These may include:
- fluid build-up
- changes in sensation
Your breast reconstruction consultation
If you’re interested in mastectomy breast reconstruction, it’s recommended that you schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon. From there, the surgeon can review your medical history and determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, as well as review your breast reconstruction options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Preparing for breast reconstruction surgery
There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for mastectomy reconstruction, aside from requesting the necessary amount of time off work. It may also be helpful to have somebody to help you out with errands and other household tasks in the first few weeks of your recovery once you leave the hospital.
Questions to ask my plastic surgeon
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Ferguson III, is available and happy to answer any questions you may have about your breast reconstruction procedure. Many women have specific questions about how long their recovery is anticipated to last based on their medical history, along with when the best time is to have a breast cancer reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy — it will vary based on your specific diagnosis and current health status.
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