Breast Cancer

How long does it take to recover from breast cancer surgery?

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  • A , Surgery, answered
    It varies depending on which operation you choose. Some women who choose breast-conserving treatment will be nearly back to normal in as quick as one to two days. If you choose a total mastectomy, and you have to have all of your lymph nodes removed, the recovery time can be longer. It can take anywhere from two to three, sometimes even four weeks.

    Breast reconstruction with a tissue flap takes the longest to recover from: not only does the breast site have to heal, but also the donor site where the flap came from.
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  • A Surgical Oncology, answered on behalf of
    What Is Recovery Like After Breast Cancer Surgery?
    Recovery times can vary after breast cancer surgery. In this video I explain what can affect how long it takes to recover from surgery.
  • It depends on the type of breast cancer surgery you had. If you had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy alone, it could be one to two weeks for recovery. If you had a mastectomy with reconstruction, recovery could take four to eight weeks, depending on the type of reconstruction.
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