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Breast Cancer – Autologous Reconstruction – Recovery

July 6, 2021


So if you’ve just decided to go the autologous route, a common question is, what’s my recovery from this? Typically I tell patients that their recovery from autologous reconstruction is four to six weeks, which is about a week to two weeks longer than it would be for implant-based reconstruction. Your limitations are very similar. Usually no heavy lifting, no pushing or pulling, no strenuous exercising for eight weeks. One of the other differences between implant-based versus autologous is, how long will I be in the hospital after surgery? With autologous reconstruction, you spend two to three nights in the hospital versus implant-based where it’s usually one night, and then you go home.

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