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How long before the swelling & bruising go away from reconstructive surgery?

Elizabeth Castro Profile
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Survivor since 2012 almost 7 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2003
    My entire back down to my coccyx was bruised from my bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction. The bruising didn't surface until several days after my surgery It took a couple of weeks for the bruising to fade. I had lost a lot of blood during my surgery the bruising was more from the pocketing of the blood. I did not have any bruising along the incisional area.
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2003
    My entire back down to my coccyx was bruised from my bilateral recon
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  • Diane Washington Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2012
    A couple of weeks for me and still I have sharp pains. I didn't have implants I just had a lumpectomy and reduction in both breast. But my doctor I would see change for up to a yr.?
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  • Sharon Martin Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had tram flap I did not want to take a chance of my body rejecting the implants my plastic surgeon will be finishing his handy work this month . The worst part of the tram flap was all the drains. Had my bilateral mastectomy on April 5 th I am pleased with the out come . Hope this helps.
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  • jc lin Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Hi Elizabeth, I had unilateral mastectomy and tram reconstruction done 2weeks ago. My bruise are gone just swelling...I was told the swelling will go down slowly, will take month, with exercise helps too, my swelling seems to be smaller everyday. We need to have patient...hope everything are well with you. Good luck
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  • melissa perlman Profile
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    Étude du cancer du sein
    I never bruised, but standard bruising lasts 7-10 days. My swelling went down in about the same amount of time. Also depends what type of reconstruction you had. Mine was an exchange. Implants for expanders.
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  • Elizabeth Castro Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2012
    I had a tram flap (I think that's what it's called). It was kinda of like a tummy tuck. I chose not to go with implants b/c I wanted the more natural look & feel. But other people prefer the implants. It's just a personal preference &/or if your plastic surgeon thinks you're a good candidate. The bruising has gone down its just a bit swollen. Hopefully all drains come out Monday:)
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  • Elizabeth Castro Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2012
    Thanks Sharon! I should be getting the drains out Monday:) I agree that the drains are a pain. I had a unilateral mastectomy. Not sure if I want anything done to the other breast to match my newly reconstructive breast. I'm asking my plastic surgeon about options.
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    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    Can you tell me what reconstruction procedure is best a tram flap or silicones.
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    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymes
      Étude du cancer du sein

      It's not a matter of what's best, but what your body can do. Flaps were out of t for me. I'm thin and was doing boot camp 5 days a week before surgery. There was no extra tissue for them to take

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    • melissa perlman Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      Meant to say that flaps were not an option. Had to do expanders, then implants.

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