Healing time for mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction

Hi, I had a one-sided mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction in November 2017. I also had full node clearance on that side. After that I had chemotherapy and 15 days of radiotherapy, the last one in June. My reconstructed breast is still quite sore to the touch and if I put pressure on it. It is still less than a year since surgery but is it going to get better? The pain is not bad in daily life but I would like to start surfing again for which I have to lay down on a surf board and paddle deep, which would put quite a bit of pressure on my quite firm reconstructed breast (the natural one just flattens out).

Hi @Wahini ,

Thanks for your question, it’s great to hear that you want to get back into surfing. We’re sorry you haven’t had a reply yet and we hope that someone will come along soon. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to ask about this on our Ask Our Nurses section of the Forum which you can findhere.

If you would like to talk about any concerns or worries you have about this, your treatment or anything else, our clinical experts are only at the end of the phone on our free helpline 0808 800 6000. It is open 9am-4pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays.

Take care,
Laura at Breast Cancer Care