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What can I expect during my recovery from a breast reconstruction flap procedure?

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You can expect some soreness, swelling, and bruising for 2 to 3 weeks. You may need to put topical medications on the suture area or change bandages at home. Your surgeon will advise you about showering, bathing, and caring for your wound.

Most women return to normal activities within 6 weeks of their surgery, but it may be several weeks before you can do strenuous exercise.

SOURCES:

American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: “Breast Reconstruction.”

Breast Cancer.org: “Screening After Breast Reconstruction,” “TRAM Flap,” ”TRAM Flap Reconstruction: What to Expect.”

American Cancer Society: “Types of breast reconstruction,” ”Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Breast reconstruction using body tissue.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: “Breast Reconstruction.”

Breast Cancer.org: “Screening After Breast Reconstruction,” “TRAM Flap,” ”TRAM Flap Reconstruction: What to Expect.”

American Cancer Society: “Types of breast reconstruction,” ”Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Breast reconstruction using body tissue.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

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