How Does Breast Reconstruction Work?
Breast reconstruction can be performed in different ways. Only a consultation can determine the best one for you. The procedure can be performed at the same time as your breast cancer surgery or months to years later. The details of your breast reconstruction depend on how your mastectomy is performed. It may include breast implants, but you may have other options. Since each mastectomy is different, each reconstruction will also be unique.
What is Recovery Like After Breast Reconstruction?
Recovery after breast reconstruction depends on several factors. If you have reconstruction at the same time as your mastectomy, you can usually expect to leave the same day or spend a day or two in the hospital while you recover. If you have the procedure later following a mastectomy, you can often go home the same day, although you will need someone to drive you home.
Some types of reconstruction will have a longer recovery time than others. Your LPS surgeon will discuss what you can expect. Most people can return to their normal activities within four to six weeks. Some people may need less time if they have a minor procedure. Discuss any concerns during your recovery with your LPS surgeon.