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Preparation and Recovery

This section outlines the many options available and information about reconstructing breasts following mastectomy.


Recovery times after mastectomy and reconstruction vary by type of surgery, individual healing time, and other factors. The average recovery time after mastectomy and reconstruction is about 2-4 weeks. Recovery time for stage 2 surgery after a flap reconstruction and for exchange of implants after expansion is significantly shorter than stage 1 reconstruction. It's important to schedule yourself enough recovery time to allow your body to fully heal.  

Your doctor may recommend gentle exercises or refer you to a physical therapist to help with range of motion, decrease discomfort from expansion or improve healing. It is important to wait for clearance from your surgeon before resuming exercise and other activities. 

Updated 12/27/16

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