How long will I need to be out of work after breast reconstructive surgery?

Last Modified: May 8, 2009

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

How long will I need to be out of work after breast reconstructive surgery?

Answer

Rachel McKenna, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

For implant reconstruction most women take 3-4 weeks off of work following the mastectomy and placement of the tissue expanders and one week off of work after the second stage surgery (removal of tissue expanders and placement of the permanent implant). Many women are able to return to work during the tissue expansion process.

For tissue flap reconstruction women generally take 6 weeks off of work.

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