Breast reconstruction recovery would vary in every
patient. However, the normal recovery time would take around six weeks to end. All throughout the recovery period,
the patient’s health status along with her activities will be carefully monitored. It is also in this stage where
secondary procedures will be executed if found necessary.
Moreover, those patients who decided to undergo different procedure after breast
reconstruction will definitely spend more time for the recovery. Normally, the patient will be required to stay in
the hospital for at least three to five days past the surgery.
The surgical drainage that is used to draw off unwanted fluids from the incision
sites will be taken out approximately one to two weeks following breast reconstruction. Also, stitches will be
taken out within seven to ten days.
On the other hand, breast reconstruction recovery time for patient who had
undergone breast reconstruction in Flap breast method will likely need more than six weeks to fully recover.
However, if breast reconstruction is done with an implant, the recovery period will not likely reach six weeks and
During breast reconstruction recovery, a patient will likely to experience average
pain, fatigue and discomfort that will last for several weeks. Also, during this period the patient will be
restrained from doing any forms of activities that are physically demanding such as lifting heavy objects over the
head, performing any sports and even submitting to sexual activities. These restrictionswill continue up until six
weeks past the surgery.
Furthermore, the patient will not likely to regain the normal responsiveness of her
breast but may be able to recover some feelings in due time. Also, during the breast reconstruction recovery the
patient may feel disappointed about the appearance of the scars on her breast as it would appear firm and obvious.
However, it will slowly disappear over time and while it heals the patient may experience moderate itching
especially on the incision sites.
However, recovery period may run longer than six weeks if a secondary
reconstruction is needed. Example of this is nipple reconstruction. Normally, doctors would perform nipple
reconstruction approximately eight weeks after the initial surgery. The reason for this is that, during this period
the incisions, bruising, swelling and the new breast mound have most likely settled.
It is also during this time that breast refining efforts are done.
Example is when the patient is not satisfied with the result and decided to have breast asymmetry surgery to
correct the shape or size of her breast. Apparently, this procedure needs another recovery time which will only add
up to the total number of days spent for breast reconstruction recovery.
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