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    Radiation (External radiation ): almost finished with rads,6 more to go!. then final reconstruction surgery,can't wait to get back to normal!

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      SueRae1

      Good luck with your final treatments and surgery.

      over 3 years ago
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    tutuca67 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    how long for recovery from implant surgery.

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      Nancebeth

      Everyone heals differently, so no one could really tell you for sure. I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with silicone gel implants on February 3, 2012. My surgeons advised me to take 8-10 weeks off of work if possible. I don't have a desk job, I run a community center for Parks and Recreation. I would say that by the 4th week, I was doing pretty well, but was still very limited in my activities. If you have had expanders in and you are just replacing expanders with implants, you shouldn't have too much trouble. My scars healed pretty fast but my chest was uncomfortable for quite a while.
      I write a blog about my experience at nancebeth.blogspot.com, and it includes pictures of my reconstruction as well.
      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
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      karen1956

      My exchange surgery was much easier than bilat. I took one week off work....no drains....lifting restrictions but no driving restrictions. surgical bra for a week, then regular bra 24/7 for a month...then no bra!!!! I was told 2 -3 weeks off work for bilat.....

      over 3 years ago
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      Nomadicme

      This one was way easier than the first. I'd say 3 days to a week? I had my nipples done at the same time, so maybe that made it longer?

      over 3 years ago
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    tutuca67 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    How long before I can drive after bi latteral mastectomy?

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      JudyW

      Technically, as soon as the anesthesia is out of your system and you're off of pain meds, you could drive; however, I had 27 lymph nodes removed, and my range of motion was such that I had to wait about a week to a week-and-a-half before I felt comfortable driving. The drains were also a problem, though once my range of motion was back, I did drive with the drains.

      almost 4 years ago
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      Denise916

      I was told when I could raise my arm above my head while leaning against a wall. I needed physical therapy and it took about 3 weeks when I was given the ok to drive. Make sure you have full range of motion before driving. It's not worth getting into an accident.

      almost 4 years ago
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      MommaD

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with a radical on the left on a Friday. I was hope by 1pm the next day and within an hour of being home I was ironing curtains. I know I shouldn't have but I felt pretty good. I had no pain and no meds. I thought I was going to be in bed for at least a week and fairly helpless but my surgeon told me that when they remove the entire breast, they remove the nerves that serve it and therefore there is less pain than with a lumpectomy. On Tuesday I drove myself to my surgical follow up appt. I kept my arms on the lower part of the wheel and had my drains pinned to my surgical vest and out of the way. Was astounded (as was my surgeon) by how well I felt after surgery, especially since I have three kinds of breast cancer and metastatic lymphangioma, stage IIIC and multiple other health issues and complications. BTW, I had to have surgery after 7 months of chemo due to the size of the tumor...7inches by 6 inches. I am almost half-way through radiation now.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Well going in for mastectomy in just a Few minutes. They have me all marked eas.y to go! Am nervous but will be .ok...prayers please?!