How long off work after recon?

Hi All,

Have finally decided to go for recon and am on the list for a right expander implant which will be ‘pumped up’ ha ha - to match my left. Was originally off work in 2005/6 for 7 months with invasive ca 25 mm & DCIS so I had lumpectomy and then completion mastectomy as my margins weren’t clear -.

THankfully all is well - Oh forgot to mention I had FEC x 6 followed by a full year of Herceptin cos I was HER+ - was a very long road but I’ve dome out the other end a much better person for it I think.

My final step is this recon - only 42 (39 at diagnosis) and feel I want my ‘boob’ back!!!

Has anyone else out there had this expander reconstruction if so my main question is - how long am I going to be off work again this time - i only work part time and hopefully I will be back to work then going for the ‘pumping up’ to an outpatients clinic.


Clemy XX

Hi Clemy

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Kind regards

Hi I had an expander on 31st August last year. No problems at all back to work after 4 weeks, driving after about 1 week. Currently waiting for the permanent anatomical implant and implant to the good side to even things up, hope I’m going to look like an eighteen year old, I’m actually 56. I only wish that I had done the operation sooner rather than waiting for two and a half years. If you want to ask me anything please just post.

All the best Lou

Can’t comment on the expander I am afraid. But recon from back with implants and was back driving and back at work full time after 6 weeks. hope this helps.