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    I'm scheduled for breast reconstructive surgery. What should I expect in recovery?

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    I'm scheduled for breast reconstructive surgery. What sould I expect during recovery?
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  • Dr Mark McGovern

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Hi, my name is Mark McGovern. I am a qualified Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I have been in practice on the Sunshine Coast since … View Profile

    The answer to this will depend on the type of reconstructive procedure you are having. Your surgeon should have already given you all the information on preparing yourself for surgery as well as what to expect in recovery. If this has not been done, you should contact your surgeons office as soon as possible and make an appointment to discuss this in detail.

  • Dr Ross Farhadieh

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Mr Farhadieh, is a former recipient of the prestigious Surgeon Scientist Scholarship and an internationally renowned and recognised Australian trained plastic surgeon. Most recently he … View Profile

    Hi there

    Thank you for your question. Good luck, the journey is almost over. Reconstructions are broadly divided into autologous (your own tissue) and alloplastic (implant based). The intricacy of surgeon and reconvery times are different for each. This is one of my areas of sub specialty and one that I find very satisfying. A comprehensive set of documents exists on my website on this topic which may help.

    But ballpark about a 10-14 days for an implant based reconstruction and up to 6 weeks time off for a free flap reconstruction. Good luck

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