Mastectomy surgery generally takes three to five hours if you have reconstruction at the same time. After surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be closely monitored. You will wake up with steri-strips over the incisions and two to four surgical drains to collect excess fluid. Before you are discharged from the hospital, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your bandage and surgical drains during your initial recovery at home.
Your hospital stay will generally be between 6 and 23 hours, depending on what time the surgery starts. If you had reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy and it started later in the day, your stay may be overnight. During your stay, your surgeon or nurse will show you exercises you can do to keep your arm and shoulder from getting stiff on the side you had surgery. You will also be discharged with detailed information about your at-home recovery, including a prescription for pain medication to ease your discomfort and instructions on when you can resume wearing a bra or prosthesis.
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we are dedicated to helping women through the process of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Call us at 720-457-4461 to schedule your consultation with an experienced Denver breast reconstruction surgeon.