• Hospital stay length

    Asked by banditwalker on Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Hospital stay length

    How long did anyone stay in the hospital after surgery?
    They are telling me outpatient whether it is lumpectomy or bilateral.

    52 Answers from the Community

    52 answers
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie

      I was in for 23 hours. It was done as outpatient. I had a unilateral mastectomy.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      One to two days... longer if problems arise. It also depends on how late you get out of surgery. I was wheeled to my room at 7PM. Stayed over night and was out of it the 2nd day. Third day I was given either too many pain meds or had a bad reaction to the morphine (this depends on who I listen to).The third morning I was ready to leave at 8:30 AM and couldn't wait to get out of there. I had a left unilateral mastectomy and a lumpectomy/surgical biopsy on the other side. It all depends. Good Luck!

      almost 8 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Sorry, make that the fourth morning I checked out.

      almost 8 years ago
    • cris' Avatar
      cris

      I had a bilateral mastectomy & implants put it at the same time, so I went in on monday & came home on Thursday afternoon. Good luck to you!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      it all depends on the details of your surgery and your pain levels.

      ask questions about what will happen if your pain levels are high etc... ask how long they expect you to be at the hospital. sounds like mmarie's was a 23 hour outpatient procedure.

      for me, i went in on monday morning for a first-thing-in-the-morning bilateral mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy, and i checked out the next morning. i had very little problem with pain management. i had no reconstruction, which does make recovery easier and less painful. my health care team told me to expect one night in the hospital. i was at the hospital from 6a on monday until about 11a on tuesday (give or take a bit). i think i was officially inpatient.

      my biggest struggle was the caffeine headache i got because i had no caffeine monday! funny that - shoulda had some caffeine as soon as i was allowed to have fluids after waking... the things one learns!

      i hope that helps. good luck!

      almost 8 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie

      ...I should add that besides the mastectomy, I also had sentinel node biopsy and stage one reconstruction. Two weeks later I had a sentinel node dissection. (Got that bad news a year ago today).

      almost 8 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      Thank you everyone for the diverse answers. seems I will be in as long as it takes. Just don't understand how my Dr. can say I will be home that day if a full bilateral will be done. Have a couple of days left to call and ask more questions.

      Thanks again!

      almost 8 years ago
    • parank's Avatar
      parank

      I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node mapping with 2 lymph nodes removed. Mine was outpatient, went in very early in the morning, home in the late afternoon. I can't imagine not being admitted at least one day for a mastectomy.

      almost 8 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar
      flamingogirl

      I went into the hospital at the crack of dawn the day of my surgery (Friday) and was home by 4 or 5pm on Saturday. I had a unilateral mastectomy. I actually had a pleasant hospital stay, except for the nausea caused by anesthesia. I expected that.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      I can answer this! For breast reduction (voluntary--before all of this B/C!), they sent me home as soon as I woke up! For lumpectomy (first B/C), I went home the same day. Finally, for bilateral mastectomy, they finally let me spend ONE night in the hospital. Let's hear it for HMO's!

      almost 8 years ago
    • luvnlife's Avatar
      luvnlife

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with the sentinel nodes removed Dec. 21, 2004. I was in by 9am. and out by 5pm, just like the dry cleaners!! I was happy to be able to sleep in my own bed. My insurance was a PPO. You will do fine. Best wishes.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar
      Samcharlie

      I had a lumpectomy. Surgery was at 6 AM and I was home by noon. The same happened for the reconstruction surgery. I was told that even with a mastectomy I would not stay over night - my insurance did not cover over night. Luckily I didn't need more hospital care and still do not have a clear answer about what happens should some need more care.

      almost 8 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      i had a lumpectomy in '94, it was considered out-patient,, but i stayed over night. went home about 2pm,, with drain tubes, which were taken out 3 days later.. I guess i can say, it wasn't as bad as I thought. Good Luck,, Keep us posted as to how you are doing... God Bless,, june

      almost 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I had a bilateral mastectomy on a Saturday morning and went home Sunday afternoon only because I was doing well -- otherwise, it would have been Monday.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar
      Misty

      Like MMarie, I had a unilateral mast. Surgery was 1st thing in the a.m. and considered outpatient surgery even though I spent the night and went home around noon the next day. My surgeon thought I should stay an extra night but I told him I wanted to go home. He said well, if you can raise your arm up and touch the top of your head you can go home (thinking I couldn't do it). I had that arm up over my head before he knew what to think. lol I didn't tell him I'd been practicing that move since the day before. Anyway, I got to go home!

      almost 8 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had a hysterectomy and thyroidectomy. Both surgeries were short-stay (< 24 hours). As soon as you can eat, walk, go to the bathroom, you are out of there.

      almost 8 years ago
    • stewardess17's Avatar
      stewardess17

      I stayed overnight with a lumpectomy, but they did a mammoplasty lift on the other breast, and my surgery was not till late afternoon.

      almost 8 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      Hi banditwalker, My lumpectomy was a Same Day Surgery and I did go home that same day.
      However, when they did my bilateral I spent two days in the hospital so they could get the pain under control. I think it will depend on how you react after surgery. My oxygen sat seems to drop after I come out of anesthesia. I stayed a day in the hospital when I had my tissue expanders put in. So I really think it is decided on an individual basis. By the way the lumpectomy was not bad at all!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Luann's Avatar
      Luann

      I had a bilateral with lymph node involvement. Got to my room at 7:30 in the evening, and they said I could leave any time I was ready. I asked to stay until the next day so I could learn about taking care of myself! I was there around 23 hours.

      almost 8 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar
      busymom0413

      Had lumpectomy early morning went home a few hours later. Had bilateral mastectomy on Thursday and went home Sunday. I also had tissue expanders placed. Should have gone home Saturday but blood pressure too low. I had my drains for 3 1/2 weeks I think without tissue expanders they let you go home sooner. I personally think you should stay at least one night I personally think they make people go home too soon. Best if luck.

      almost 8 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      It must be because it's Ma, I was on day surgery twice.First time was to have the lump taken out.And the second one a few weeks after was on the lymp noyds.They don't let you stay or even mention it .You have to have a life and death situation to stay in hospitals here for anything. LOL!

      almost 8 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      OOPS! I was out an hour or two after the surgeries. Unbelievable!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar
      SusanK

      I couldn't believe I would go home 24 hours after a bi-lateral mastectomy. The plastic surgeon checked me and the nurses kept saying I was doing great. It hurt to move an inch...and they thought I should go home? I guess they were right, because I did go, and with my husband's help, I did manage. I found out I was a stronger woman than I ever believed I was! It's not easy, but you can do it, too. You need somebody close by for a few days, though, and then you need to take it easy for a few weeks.

      almost 8 years ago
    • sewfun928's Avatar
      sewfun928

      I had a bilateral mastectomy & implants put it at the same time, I was in for 24hours and I can say I felt much better being at home. Good luck and hang in there.

      almost 8 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      Thanks a lot guys. I feel much better. I just talked to the nurse and let her know that if nodes are not affected that I will want the lumpectomy but if nodes are affected I will want the bilateral.

      Either way Dr says I will only be in outpatient and I do have a good hubby, mom, & friends to keep me company if needed. I think the thing I was also worried about is it is going to take place at a surgery center and not a hospital. Dr. said he does these procedures there because of a lesser germ factor.

      Once again thanks to all who contributed. I am sure I will have more questions down the road!

      almost 8 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      I had a mastectomy with an expander. I stayed one night. I was released before 12:00 noon. I did really good at home. I did have help, though. Good luck with everything:)

      almost 8 years ago
    • LisaS640's Avatar
      LisaS640

      Outpatient for a bilateral???? I was in 2 nights after my bilateral.

      almost 8 years ago
    • LisaS640's Avatar
      LisaS640

      Outpatient for a bilateral???? I was in 2 nights after my bilateral.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Marci's Avatar
      Marci

      I had a biateral mastectomy and sentinal node biopsy without reconstruction. Went in one day at 6 am and left the next day at around noon.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Bethie's Avatar
      Bethie

      I had a lumpectomy and they removed 36 lymph nodes. I was in a little more pain then normal due to having so many lymph nodes removed, so they kept me overnight. If it had only been a couple of nodes, I would have gone home that day. Hope this helps.

      almost 8 years ago
    • joyuss59's Avatar
      joyuss59

      I had a bilateral Mastectomy and I was in and out same day ! I was really surprised ! The only thing was my children was upset because I wasn't even fully awake yet when they were taking me out and outing me in the car ! LOl they say the less time in the hospital the less chance of getting an infection or picking something up from the hospital !
      I did fine and saw my surgeon the next day

      almost 8 years ago
    • joyuss59's Avatar
      joyuss59

      I had a bilateral Mastectomy ! it was done as an out patient ! went in 7 am surgery was supposed to be at 11 am was home by 5 pm.
      I was really surprised they said they don't keep you over night anymore ! unless needed

      my kids were pretty upset because I wasn't even fully awake when they were putting me in the car ! Saw my surgeon the next day ! except for the annoying and ugly tubes all was good !

      almost 8 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar
      ladyhawk

      Thurthfully I hate staying in hospitals, I was only there two days after mast,,per doc,, he wanted me to stay longer., no thanks! just call a nurse to visit me, I said! need to be near my babies!
      Now, I'm dredding the next recon surgery,,just want to come home right away doc!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      Do not let them send you home after a BL mastectomy. You need to stay in the hospital for at least 2 days. I was in 4 days before I got to go home. You have to insist on staying in and tell them it's because of the pain. Most insurances will pay if you are in pain and don't think you can go home. Get your doctor to fight for you. I just cannot believe they would send you home after major surgery. Good luck to you and be sure to keep us posted.

      almost 8 years ago
    • jad's Avatar
      jad

      If admitted to the hospital, I would want to get out ASAP considering the chance of hospital based infection. My surgery was lumpectomy, at a private surgery center vs hospital, and was done as an in/out procedure.

      almost 8 years ago
    • marycamp's Avatar
      marycamp

      I had bilateral and start of reconstructive they kept me overnight. If I didn't have reconstructive they were going to send me home same day

      almost 8 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar
      baridirects

      I had a bilateral mastectomy and a port implant...because my surgery was rather late in the day, I ended up staying for 2 nights.

      Namaste,
      Christine

      almost 8 years ago
    • jojoe's Avatar
      jojoe

      The insurance companies have to do it it you require it. I believe we all require it, especially when multiple lymph nodes are removed, and we also have the drain to learn about. I started with day surgery. I do not do well in surgery, so it was extended one night--- then 2, then 3--- i stayed 6 days. That was the lumpectomy, but they removed 36 lymph nodes and 16 were positive. My surgeon requested 3 days for the mastectomy, and it was extended to 6 days. 18 months later I had the other breast removed with protest from doctors and hospital social worker. I was a lopsided 38DDD and experiencing pain from shortening firers in surgery side. I was very ill following chemo and radiation so my surgeon put in for a full week and I was sick again and needed the full 7 days. It is 10 years now and love having no large breasts. People look at my FACE more, and I love the freedom. I wear no bras or forms because I swell dreadfully every time, but if I want to wear a form, it is a 36AA!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Kmack927's Avatar
      Kmack927

      You have the option to stay if you have it done in a hospital setting. My surgeon kept telling me I would be fine as outpatient. I was having a unilateral mastectomy with placement of expander and port so I cited the Oklahoma law that I was allowed 48 hours in a hospital for such a procedure. Needless to say I stayed every bit of that 48 hours and was glad that I did because the pain meds made my blood pressure drop so low they were unable to give me anything for 8 hours, there is no way my family would have known that my blood pressure was low and they couldn't give me meds if I was at home in there care.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Sherber's Avatar
      Sherber (Best Answer!)

      I had a lumpectomy with sentinel nodes. In at 7am, out by 3pm. Many factors to consider, the hospital and your surgeon will know what's right. Make sure they know all about you.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Banditwalker,
      Everyone is different but I have to say that I was in a lot of pain after the unilateral mastectomy with tissue expander. Day two, my girlfriend came to visit and said I was sleeping in a rigid position, like a plank, stiff from the top of my head to my feet. I was admitted 9:30AM on Tuesday and was encouraged to walk more on Thursday afternoon to get the anesthesia out of my system. I walked down the hall and started tearing up. I left the hospital on Friday morning and stayed with a friend until my follow-up visit with the breast surgeon the following Tuesday. You may be given 4 or 5 medications for pain, infections, nausea, and a muscle relaxer. I suggest keeping a small notebook on hand to keep track of these medications.

      When I asked my oncologist why a surgeon would recommend two weeks recovery for my following reconstructive surgery she said, "It is because they have never done it themselves." Just some food for thought. Keep us posted. Take care.

      almost 8 years ago
    • 1401mary's Avatar
      1401mary

      I recently had a bilateral mastectomy and tissue expanders . I also had 12 nodes removed. My surgery was early Tuesday morning and I was home by 3:30 the next day. I insisted on a visiting nurse because I was uncomfortable dealing with the 2 drains. She was a big help. I did develop an infection in the one drain area after the nurse stopped coming. I think she would have caught the problem and helped to prevent the infection. My advice is insist on a visiting nurse to check on you until your drains come out. (My drains were in for 3 weeks)

      almost 8 years ago
    • lorilaa's Avatar
      lorilaa

      Banditwalker - I had a lumpectomy and I ended up sick from the meds during surgery I was sent out the door with a bucket in one hand and a nausea stick in the other hand. I was told it was a outpatient procedure unless another outcome in surgery happened while in surgery that required me to stay in hospital.

      Lorilaa

      almost 8 years ago
    • smishik's Avatar
      smishik

      I went in at 7 am for the wires implanted, went to surgery at 8 am and at 6 pm was told I could go home. I couldn't wake up though so they let me stay till 7 pm then said I was good enough go to.

      almost 8 years ago
    • idahocowgirl's Avatar
      idahocowgirl

      I had a bilateral lumpectomy and lumpectomy's are typically outpatient but I got so sick on the anesthetic they had me stay overnight til noon the next day b4 I felt better. I also take longer than normal to come out of recovery-even though I gave them a heads up they were still getting worried. Not sure about masectomies-I have heard both versions

      almost 8 years ago
    • suzyq's Avatar
      suzyq

      I had a unilateral mastectomy, and stayed in the hospital overnight. Surgery was in late morning, and I was released about the same time the next day. I was seven hours away from home, and stayed at a hotel next to the clinic/hospital for a few days afterwards. They gave me the OK to travel on the 4th day.

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was very lucky to be able to stay 2 nights following my bilat....my PS is the one who got me the 2nd night...BS surgeon was thinking just 1 night....by the 2nd day, I was ready to go home!!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • CASSIEME1's Avatar
      CASSIEME1

      i had a lumpectomy and 2 weeks later a sentinel lymphynode /25 lymph nodes removed both were outpatient surgeries

      almost 8 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar
      dmholt1957

      I had a unilateral mastectomy both times and I only stayed one night and come home the next say. If you only have a lumpectomy it might be same day going home. It's not as bad as you think it might be but it isn't a piece of cake either, it is doable. I pray that you don't have any complications. God bless.

      almost 8 years ago
    • pressinfwd's Avatar
      pressinfwd

      I had bilateral and stayed in the hospital one night. I thought it was a little too soon at first but as long as you have the support at home, it's better to recover at home. I also had a visiting nurses for a couple of wks.

      over 7 years ago
    • Connieguth's Avatar
      Connieguth

      I was in for three days but I had left breast mastectomy and reconstruction during same surgery.

      about 7 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      I had a radical mastectomy with TE put in and 3 lymph nodes taken out and stayed just the night of the surgery day. Then this past Wednesday had the exchange surgery with latissimus dorsal flap, fat graft and tweaking of the healthy breast. Again stayed there overnight, home the next day. So far, so good. Learned a lot about pain medication after the first surgery where I did not do well with the narcotics. On pain meds, but no narcotic ones.

      over 6 years ago

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