Dr. Harness explains how long it will take a woman to heal after a mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
One of the classic things that I say is, I do the surgery: you do the healing. So healing times are variable. The typical bruising usually clears up within a week, sometimes ten days. That’s presuming or assuming there isn’t a blood clot sitting underneath the skin which may prolong that bruising process. But the typical bruising from let’s say, putting just the local anesthetic in, that usually clears up in about a week or so.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.