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Preparation and Recovery

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

Recovery

Recovery times after mastectomy and reconstruction vary by the type of surgery, your overall health and healing time and other factors. Average recovery time after mastectomy and reconstruction is about 3-4 weeks. Recovery from stage 2 revision surgery after flap reconstruction and for exchange of implants after expansion is significantly shorter than the initial reconstruction operation. It's important to allow enough recovery time to allow your body to fully heal.  

Your doctor may recommend gentle exercises or refer you to a physical therapist to restore 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 04/20/2018

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