• Mastectomy

    Asked by Coopswifey on Tuesday, April 23, 2019


    I will be having a mastectomy soon, I don’t know what to expect. The closer the time for surgery the more anxious I feel.. What can I expect? What is the healing time?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • Angelaine's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, and removal of all lymph nodes (as many as could be found on the affected side), I went through the surgery, and I did not get to go home next day. It is a surgery and there is a period of time that you are out. Have someone knowledgeable about medical things. Like no blood pressure or IV sides of surgery. What your allergies are. The surgery was good, but the aftercare was a lot of busy people. My plastic surgeion used a implanted pain med release over time. I think it was great! I did have some pain, mostly at night, but tried to use NSAIDs/Tylenol for pain rather than too many prescription drugs. I had drains, and use creative techniques to carry them. I did not have any help with drain carrying needs. I had never even known to expect them. If you have questions, ask. Sorry if this is too much, but I believe you need to have some idea of being proactive. I will keep you in my prayers. Blessings,

      5 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      Before my unilateral mastectomy, my surgeon said there would be very little pain since nerves are cut. You will get zings sometimes from nerves regenerating. The area will remain numb.
      Later that year I had a prophylactic mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. Ask for training on drains, really no big deal. I had a vest and sweatshirt with big pockets that I used to carry them. Be sure to follow lifting directions and do your exercises. Watch your arm on that side. Report any swelling, tightness. Get informed about lymphedema. Many drs dont seem to be as aggressive as they should be about this.
      Wishing you all the best with surgery and treatment.

      5 months ago
    • suz55's Avatar

      Lots of great suggestions and tips from everyone above! You might also want to move things in cabinets or shelves that may be difficult to reach for a few days. The exercises definitely help get the mobility back, but it can be frustrating not being able to reach the coffee cup in the morning. Also, button-up or zipper tops might be more comfortable for the first days. Best wishes!

      5 months ago

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