• How long of a hospital stay for mastectomy?

    Asked by tutuca67 on Thursday, August 16, 2012

    How long of a hospital stay for mastectomy?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • leepenn's Avatar

      There are a few factors that determine how long your stay will be. One is your pain. If you have a lot of pain, it is better to stay until your pain is well controlled. Another is whether you have reconstruction. Reconstruction means the surgery is more involved. No reconstruction is considerably more simple.

      I was told to expect two nights with the possibility of just one night. I wanted to go home. And I did. I was home about 24 hours after the surgery was finished. And I was glad to be home! But, my pain was well controlled, and I did not have reconstruction. I'm also one heck of a stubborn person... I was on my bike six days after surgergy...

      When is your surgery?
      Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I stayed over one night for my bilateral mastectomy, but I had to go back in a week later for more surgery including a medically necessary flap transplant. I was in the hospital for a week that time.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I stayed one night.

      over 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      My HMO gives me ONE night for a bilateral...maybe if I did unilateral, they'd send me to the hospital's drive through window for it?

      over 8 years ago
    • tutuca67's Avatar


      over 8 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I had bitateral and spent less than 24 hours, came home and did the laundry. (I chose no reconstruction and am very happy I did.) I just didn't carry much weight at one time. I think I took pain meds the first night only; possibly the second.

      Drive-thru windows are too expensive to install.....

      over 8 years ago
    • GetMyLifeBack's Avatar

      Depends on your general level of health and the type of procedure you have. Mine was only over night for a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction with expanders.

      over 8 years ago
    • tutuca67's Avatar

      Will see the surgeon on the 23rd to discuss when iI will be having it.

      over 8 years ago
    • tutuca67's Avatar

      thanks for all the responses! was never very athletic but have been doing a lot of walking and eating a lot better,should be fine.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I opted for bilateral masectomy with immediate reconstruction with implants. I was in surgery for 6 hours, stayed in hospital for 2 days. I think every patient is different, also depends on what surgery you are having. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      i had a bilateral mastectomy and i was in the hospital for just 30 hours....but i was desperately trying to get out! i really did NOT like staying in the hospital, so the nurses told me if i ate some jello (which i hate) i could go home. believe me, i ate the jello.
      depending on how your body reacts to surgery and how good the surgeon is will most likely determine how long you stay. for the at home phase of recovery.....be prepared for the way you view your body afterwards....i was not. it took me awhile to accept the changes, so just be aware that might happen. good luck! may your stay be short but long enough!

      over 8 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      I stayed 2 nights.

      over 8 years ago
    • tweety's Avatar

      I was in the hospital for 30hrs after my mastectomy good luck

      over 8 years ago

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