• For those of you who had either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy,

    Asked by Julesmom on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    For those of you who had either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy,

    what was the recovery time from the surgery and did that factor into your decision?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      The recovery time from the Lumpectomy was about 6 weeks, - the worst was the first week. It also took about 6 months for me to be able to have full extension of my arm. My healing process may have been slowed my the fact that I was on oral chemo for kidney cancer at the time (I stop for a week before and after the actual surgery). I wanted a double mastectomy, but was told that mastectomy was not an option because the healing time was too long, and I would have to be off my kidney chemo during the entire recovery period.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Not at all. I've had both a lumpectomy and a bilateral mastectomy and the recovery time wasn't much different. I had very little pain following both and I was up and about within 2 days for both. The most inconvenient for both and the longest aspect of recovery were the drains which were in for 2-3 weeks on both occasions.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was not a candidate for a lumpectomy as too much cancer in the breast....I chose a bilat (over unilat) mastectomy.....PS told me 2 -3 weeks off work.....By 2 1/2 weeks post surgry I was feeling good...went out to lunch with gf...then I started chemo 3 wees post surgery....I had my drains for one week...taken out early due to a seroma.....could drive after a couple weeks....lfiting restrictions.....

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was not a candidate for a lumpectomy as too much cancer in the breast....I chose a bilat (over unilat) mastectomy.....PS told me 2 -3 weeks off work.....By 2 1/2 weeks post surgry I was feeling good...went out to lunch with gf...then I started chemo 3 wees post surgery....I had my drains for one week...taken out early due to a seroma.....could drive after a couple weeks....lfiting restrictions.....I was back to work one month post bilat but one of those weeks was my spring break....I had pretty good range of motion......

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was not a candidate for a lumpectomy as too much cancer in the breast....I chose a bilat (over unilat) mastectomy.....PS told me 2 -3 weeks off work.....By 2 1/2 weeks post surgry I was feeling good...went out to lunch with gf...then I started chemo 3 wees post surgery....I had my drains for one week...taken out early due to a seroma.....could drive after a couple weeks....lfiting restrictions.....I was back to work one month post bilat but one of those weeks was my spring break....I had pretty good range of motion......

      over 4 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar
      jvbaseballmom2

      I had a bilateral mastectomy. 10 days after surgery, I went to see my son play in his 9 yr. old baseball state championship series. His team won, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Went with my drains in and everything. Drains were removed about 2 weeks after surgery. Started chemo about 6-8 after my surgery. I would say I was feeling pretty good after about 4-5 weeks after surgery. Best of luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      I had a double mastectomy, had to have one no matter what (entire breast had bad tissue) and I threw the other one in not wanting to have to,go through the experience twice (it turned to be a good choice, as the apparently good breast ended up showing multiple foci of DCIS). Pain stopped a week after surgery, and I was able to do everything for myself (kept away from heavy lifting). As my drains took a while to,be taken out, I went into work 3 weeks post op. I wasn't great,but wasn't bad either.

      over 4 years ago

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