Hi I recently had right side mastectomy and auxiliary mode clearance, it was not as bad as I had expected. I had immediate reconstruction with implant and mesh so that was extra long surgery (5 hours) but I am glad I did not wake up flat. After the first night one of two drains came out and I could have a shower, after the following night the second drain came out and I could go home. At home I was up and about most of the day and doing my exercises for stretching my arm. It is still tight from the mode clearance and I am still working on it. This is the my main discomfort. After two weeks I was back at work and now after four weeks I started my chemo today. The surgeon said it really helped that I am slim and in good shape so that he could cut more economically as I understand it. I haven't been in pain much, other than the first night after surgery but they have me drugs for that and these also helped me sleep a bit. Hope this info gives you comfort, take care
Thank you ann-m, I am anxious to hear about experiences, it will help me to provide a good support and, hopefully, ease the path.
Welcome to the forum, although of course, you wouldn't want to be here & sorry to hear your daughter's been diagnosed.
Try not to let what happened to you affect your thoughts about your daughter's surgery, it's not the same thing at all. I did not need a mastectomy, so can't advise specifically, but no doubt, others will be along too help on this.
It is a horrible shock getting a diagnosis, especially when young, but most importantly, it can now be treated & outcomes are excellent now.
There are certainly others here who are a similar age to your daughter, so if she wants to, she can certainly come here chat & get support as needed. In addition, there is the helpline here & lots of useful information on the main bcc site.