How long does it take to recover from breast cancer surgery?

Surgical experts answering your questions related to General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and other related topics.


Recovery from a lumpectomy is typically 24 to 48 hours, while a mastectomy can take 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. 

Recovery time following breast surgery varies depending on the type of surgery and extensiveness of the removal. Recovery from a lumpectomy is typically 24 to 48 hours, while a mastectomy can take 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. 

Your doctor will help give you a general idea of how long you will need to stay in the hospital, as well as activities you can safely do while recovering and when to resume heavier work with your affected arm(s). 

Dealing with breast cancer and breast cancer surgery can be a trying situation for the strongest of women. Dr. Ed Clifford and Surgical Group of North Texas strive to provide the latest treatments for breast cancer, including the SAVI® applicator 5-day breast cancer treatment. Learn more about breast cancer treatment at SGNT

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Accolades: Immediate Past Chief of Staff at Baylor Scott &White (BSW)  Medical Center Irving; Medical Director Oncology Services Baylor Scot& White Medical Center Irving

Dr. Sina Matin

Accolades: Chief of Surgery Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine; Medical Director Surgical Services Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine; Medical Director Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Baylor Scott &White Medical Center Grapevine

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Accolades: Chief of Surgery Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center Irving, Membership and Credentials Committee BSW Irving, Surgical Quality Committee BSW Irving, Physician Advisory Council BSW Medical Center Irving

Dr. Julio Rivera

Accolades: Hernia Committee Medical City Alliance

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