How long do I have to stay in the hospital after breast surgery?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

Your length of post-operative hospital stay depends on the extent of the breast surgery and if reconstruction is performed concurrently. On the average, most mastectomy patients are released in 2-3 days without post-operative complications. Reconstruction with tissue transfer or free flaps (microvascular surgery), may require a week or longer as in in-patient status to monitor the flap.

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