• Recovery time for phase 2 breast reconstruction

    Asked by copland16 on Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Recovery time for phase 2 breast reconstruction

    I am FINALLY after 2.5 years having my tissue expander replaced with an implant and having a breast reduction and lift in the other breast. How long is the recovery time? Were you extremely sore or uncomfortable or was the pain mild? My doctor has me out of work for 4 weeks because I am a retail store manager. How long were you out of work?

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    • MMarie's Avatar

      copland16, I had my tissue expander replaced with a silicone implant, reduction mammoplasty and port removed on April 5. Surgery was 2 1/2 hours. Drain removed and bandages changed on the 8th. Follow up on the 18th to have the external stitches removed.

      When I "came to", I was in severe pain. They gave me Fentanyl to get it controlled. That was tough. I was pretty miserable till the drain came out and tender for probably three weeks (the same amount of time I wore the compression garment).

      I work for a Judge as a paralegal and worked 20 hours the first week (Judge was on vacation so I didn't have the same fast-paced intensity), and was back to 40 hours the second. Not saying that was the best decision. Two weeks off would have been great, but that wasn't in my deck of cards.

      Compared to other invasions on my body in the last 9 months, this was much easier. The implant feels MUCH better than the expander.

      Best of luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I had implant in right breast and lift in left one. The surgery was much easier than mastectomy and so much better to have implant instead of expander! I did have 2 drains for about a week. Discomfort for a few days. Took some pain meds. It took a couple months for all discomfort to leave. You still need to take it easy for the first couple of weeks, lifting, etc. all in all much better than initial surgery. Good luck with everything:)

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I took one week off work post exchange...it was a relatively easy surgery and recovery...no drains.....

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I was interested to read you had TE for 2.5 years. Looks like I'll have mine for 1.5 at least. Good luck with your next step!

      over 3 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      I had the tissue expander removed and the right breast reduction on Jul 16. The PS said two weeks for recovery. It really took three and one half weeks. I'm still taking pain meds when needed and use a bra to control movement of the breast.
      The reconstructed breast is more painful than the one with the tissue expander. However, if you can tolerate an expander for 2.5 years I'm sure you'll be fine. I found the expander painful and uncomfortable. The mastectomy is much more painful that the breast reconstruction surgery.

      about 3 years ago

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