Gail Lanter: Hello, thank you for visiting. Can I help you in any way?
Visitor: Hello! There is so much information out there. My main concern is how long is the surgery and the estimated recovery time of this surgery after a double mastectomy?
Gail Lanter: Including DIEP and double mastectomy – approximately 6 to 8 hours.
Visitor: Recovery, as in being able to get back to work?
Gail Lanter: It’s dependent on the type of work you do, but in general you can drive yourself after you are no longer taking pain medications. Sedentary work – about 4 to 6 weeks. It may be as much as 8 weeks if you have a strenuous job that requires lifting.
Visitor: Thank you.
Gail Lanter: You are welcome – feel free to send any other questions you may have – we’re always happy to help.