31 Days of Breast Cancer Discovery: Day 26 - Surgical Recovery Part 2
On Day 26, Dr. Susan K. Boolbol discusses that the length of recovery depends on the type of reconstruction performed. If no reconstruction is done, a woman may be home the next day after the mastectomy to rest with a drain. An implant or using your own tissue are the 2 types of breast reconstruction. With an implant a woman will stay in the hospital for a day, before returning home with a drain, but may be out of work for a few weeks. With reconstruction using tissue, the discomfort will be from the donor site, not breast and the woman may be out of work for several weeks.