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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

For me, it's taken over 12 months and still do not feel like a well woman.

Mascetomy of one right breast, ended up with 2 emergency ops bcuz of medical/surgical mismanagement. Treatment Injury, is what ACC called it. Two times 'Treatment Injury' for the first 2 ops. Then I got an excellent surgeon the 3rd time.

 

Still can't drive without pain, have Lymphodemia, can't do vacuuming, hang washing out.

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Registered: ‎04-05-2018

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

G00D LUCK! IT IS TOTALLY DOABLE... BUT THE RECOVERY IS NOT SUPER FAST.
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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

It takes a long time.. I am three weeks in and not ready to be back in my normal routine. Had no idea it would be this hard

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Registered: ‎14-04-2018

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I hope everything went ok with your operation. Im in for mastecomy and lymph node surgery in the next few weeks. Xx

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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

I am due to have a mastectomy of my right breast and they are taking all of the nymph modes out. How long after does chemo start.
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Karensol I’m interested to see how you go on. I’m booked in for right side mastectomy with lymph nodes biopsy on 26/01/18 due to two sites of Lobular cancer. The doctor today told me it takes 2 wks to recover and after that I’d be fine to drive etc. (Male doctor who hasn’t gone through this procedure). Obviously he has also said there’s still a lot of uncertainty until they actually do the surgery and get pathology report but I’m hoping that I’ll just have to have hormone therapy after the op. I was however a bit disappointed to be told today that I can’t have an implant as he can’t save the skin. The doctor I saw 2 wks ago made it sound as though the implant was a normal thing that would happen. Hope you are ok tomorrow and please let me know how you go on x
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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Thank you for the reply 😊 

 

I wanted a double mastectomy but got told because there was no family history of breast cancer I could not have one, so I might look into going private depends on the cost. 

 

I’ve been off work for 6 months with having chemo so hoping to go back once I recover from the mastectomy. 

 

 

Thank you you again for the advice. 

 

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I had a double mastectomy and implants put in right away two years ago.  It took me three months before I was back exercising and playing golf   I was retired at that time but I really could not have seen myself work for at least 6 to 8 weeks.  Thank God I didn’t need chemo or radiation but there was a bad infection and I had to go back in the hospital and have the right implant removed.  It was not replaced for 9 months.   

 

Good of luck to you 

 

ps I chose to do the double because i didn’t want to ever go thru the emotional roller coaster again.  I’m glad I did    The oncologists tried to talk me out of it

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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

I had a double mastectomy and implants put in right away two years ago.  It took me three months before I was back exercising and playing golf   I was retired at that time but I really could not have seen myself work for at least 6 to 8 weeks.  Thank God I didn’t need chemo or radiation but there was a bad infection and I had to go back in the hospital and have the right implant removed.  It was not replaced for 9 months.   

 

Good of luck to you 

 

ps I chose to do the double because i didn’t want to ever go thru the emotional roller coaster again.  I’m glad I did 

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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Hi im due to have a right side mastectomy this Friday plus lymph nodes removed and wondering how long does it take to recover and how long would you recommend being off work ? 

 

Also is there a higher risk getting breast cancer in your other breast ? 

 

Thank you 

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Registered: ‎01-11-2017

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Well done for posting, very well said and very helpful . I am not up to posting anything at mo but wanted to tell u Thxs as this will have helped a lot of people.
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Great discriptive words "elec shock". I equated the pain of removing nymph nodes to pulling the hair under your arm or pinching you inside your arm.  I too had a bilateral mastectomy - left after 17 years being clear. Back then underwent 6 weeks radiation and 5 year Tamoxafin.  My surgery was 10/2/17. My surgeon has drawn out two vials of fluid every week since and I suppose tomorrow's visit will be no different.  Now my wound has been oozing.  Did anyone else go through that???

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Registered: ‎06-11-2017

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I had a right side mastectomy 3 weeks ago I have had fluid build up on the wound site which has been uncomfortable now it seems to have gone a bit hard which I think is scar tissue , has anyone else expire ended this .Otherwise I feel really good and delighted I do not need further treatment .

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Registered: ‎26-05-2017

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Hi,

I went for my Bra fitting yesterday, my Prosthesis, and i am really pleased with it.

I mentioned to my Breast Care Nurse, that where i had my Mastectomy (Right side) i feel really sore-all of a sudden.She has told me it is probably Bone Bruising! She said not to worry.But it feels very sore and tender.Otherwise, i am in tip top condition.

Has anyone else had this i wonder?

x

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Registered: ‎10-08-2017

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Hi I have just read what's happened to u ..I have just had same done on Monday when does the pain ease xx
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I am cancer free now but have some ongoing health isssues as a result of treatment.Getting there though !
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Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Hi Butterflies,both times I was home on my own too.They should always invite you in with support to discuss things like that , the nurse said if I had invited you to come in you would have known anyway ???
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Thank you for replying. And that must have been awful for you--Twice. I think something should be done about this. Its unacceptable .

i hope you are well now x

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Hi Butterflies,well done for having the courage to post and share your story !! I pretty much got told I had cancer over the phone ( twice ) and I think it is a terrible way to give people bad news .Your call on a Friday - really not good ! Keep posting !!!