Pain for how long after reconstruction?

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Question from FA98: I'm 46 and just had mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction (latissimus dorsi muscle). Until now no post-operative complication has been recorded. I feel pain in my back (donor site, without external scar) and on the scars. Is there an average time after surgery for the pain disappearing? Thanks from Belgium.
Answers - Joseph Serletti It's certainly normal to have discomfort in the back site, and even to some extent to the chest site that may refer back to your shoulder or back. This discomfort can occur for three to six months after the initial surgery. It's certainly something that should gradually get better over that three to six month period.

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