• double mastectomy - outpatient?

    Asked by peachpoppy on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    double mastectomy - outpatient?

    I am scheduled for a double simple mastectomy today at 3pm and they are doing this outpatient. What are everyone's thoughts on this? Will I regret not being admitted overnight at least?

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      I just wanted to wish you well on this surgery. All the best and god's speed

      over 7 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      Good luck today. I don't know but I would hope that the doctors would on fact admit you if they felt it necessary after all. Take care!

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Outpatient is misleading. You'll likely be overnight in the hospital. Basically, it is considered outpatient if you are in the hospital room for 23 hours or less -- that is after the surgery and after recovery, once they move you into a room. I work in the insurance industry, which is where I'm getting that info. Hope that helps.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Make sure you feel comfortable taking care of your incisions and such before you are discharged. Visiting nurses at home are a great compromise being an inpatient.

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I'm sure if you need to stay overnight, the doctors will have you stay. When I had ny bilat, (modified radical with axillary dissection on cancer side and simple on prophy side) they were only going to keep me one night... I told the docs I wanted to stay a 2nd night and day after surgery PS came in and said I was staying an extra day.....don't know if I needed to, but I was scared to go home so soon...by 2 1/2 weeks post bilat, I was feeling pretty good and going about life, out to lunch with girl friends....wishing you an easy recovery....

      over 7 years ago
    • DaisyDuck's Avatar

      Had a partial mastectomy about 2 months ago. My doctor made me stay overnight to make sure nothing goes wrong with me after the operation (like bleeding) and as you were given anesthesia during operation, you will feel groggy for about 12 hours. Besides, it's still considered a major operation. Staying at the hospital, at least overnight, will ensure that you get the best care after the operation. Praying for your quick recovery......

      over 7 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      My daughter had a double mastectomy done little over 3 yrs ago,, she was in the hospital for about a week! Surgery was all day,,She went to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tpa, Fl., I just can't imagine going in, having the proceedure done, and going home that day! That's major surgery! Insurance companies do not know what a person goes thur, so they don't care about recovery or things that might go wrong afterwards, Good Luck today,, and in the months ahead. junie1

      over 7 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      I had a single mastectomy with reconstruction done the same day. I stayed at the hospital for 5 nights. Did your doctor say that outpatient is common and typical? I believe that you will be coming home with drains and these have to be monitored by professionals- at least the first 24 hours. Do you feel comfortable going home that day or next or would you prefer to stay an extra day? I am sure if you talk to your doctor and express your concerns, fears and doubts he/she will listen and make the necessary changes. All my best to you!!!! Marisa

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had double mastectomy and stayed one night. Of course, I wanted to get home. To be honest with you, I should have stayed 2 nights. I wish you the best.

      over 7 years ago
    • littlelady's Avatar

      I had bilateral mastectomy May 10. I was at hospital 7am and discharged by 11am next day. I was glad I stayed overnight but was glad to go home. I wish you well! I know how scary this all is but it will probably go better than you think.

      over 7 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      I had my bilateral last June 14th, and went through Same Day Surgery but was admitted and stayed for two nights. I am glad I did because by the time I went home the pain was very manageable. Good luck and hugs!

      over 7 years ago
    • dls1007's Avatar

      When I had my double mastectomy, I was in the hospital for about three days. I was very glad I stayed that long because of the drains. I couldn't have imagined it being an outpatient procedure. Good luck to you!

      over 7 years ago
    • Steph921's Avatar

      I had mine in December of last year. They called it outpatient because I stayed less than 24 hours but I did indeed spend the night and went home the next morning. I think it has to do with insurance like BuckeyeShelby said. I was ready to get home! I did have drains but I had my sister staying with me to help me manage them. (I'm single and live alone) It was really no problem. When we got home we both took naps (she slept in the chair in my room at hospital so didn't get much sleep). After that I was up and about, on the sofa watching TV, etc. Best of luck to you!!

      over 7 years ago
    • peachpoppy's Avatar

      Thank you everyone for your comments!

      I am happy to say that I am home resting and feeling good. My surgery was at 3pm and I was released around 11pm?? My hospital is the University of Michigan Cancer Center, not sure if this is just their policy to do this surgery outpatient. They did allow me the option to stay, but said that outpatient would be fine too, with a visiting nurse. I have a lot of help at home so I decided to try it and, at least for me, this was a great decision. I am up and walking today and feel happy to be be in my own bed.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      No way! You insist on staying in the hospital. Too much could go wrong that first 24 to 48 hours. I was in the hospital for 4 days after my double mastectomy, but then I had some belly fat transplanted to form breasts, which unfortunately wasn't enough so I am scheduled for implants on the 24 of June. You get demanding with that doctor and tell him you want to stay overnight to be watched so you don't have to make any unexpected trips to the ER. Besides you need the nurses to help you with the advice of taking care of yourself at home etc. Stand your ground girl, be strong and get tough with that doctor. Good luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • MillieS's Avatar

      Outpatient surgery does indeed mean only 23 hours in house. Many hospitals have outpatient services . If the situation arises in which the patient needs more care, then the status is changed and you just remain in house. However outpatient surgery centers, are not equipped for this kind of roll over status. If you feel that you cannot manage your drains and medications at the time of discharge do not hesitate to say something to your surgeon . I could have gone home after mine but I had an excellent support system at home. Best of luck to you. Hugs

      over 7 years ago

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