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Recovery Time for Capsular Contracture Repair

I'm not sure that I'll need it, but there's a possibility that I'll have to have a surgery to correct CC. Looks like I have Grade III or IV at this point.

For those of you who had surgical repair, what was your recovery like? How much help did you require? Was it similar, better, worse than your first surgery?

Thanks for any input. Trying to get all my ducks in a row in case I have to travel again in the not-so-distant future.
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I'm not sure that I'll need it, but there's a possibility that I'll have to have a surgery to correct CC. Looks like I have Grade III or IV at this point.

For those of you who had surgical repair, what was your recovery like? How much help did you require? Was it similar, better, worse than your first surgery?

Thanks for any input. Trying to get all my ducks in a row in case I have to travel again in the not-so-distant future.
I just had a capsulotomy done 1.5 weeks ago on my left side. And plication done on my right. My left side is like new! Soft and exactly where it should be. Easy recovery!
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I just had a capsulotomy done 1.5 weeks ago on my left side. And plication done on my right. My left side is like new! Soft and exactly where it should be. Easy recovery!
Thanks! Did you require assist during the first few days, or were you able to do for yourself? I ask because I'm not sure that I'll have someone to go with me for another surgery. For the first procedure, we made it a family vacation, but we don't have the funds to do that again....
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I have had it done twice and both times it was capsulectomy with implant exchange. The pain was less because I already had pockets already made and stretched by that point. I feel the recovery process is easier everytime you get surgery but you still need to practice the same cautions. No lifting etc..
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Thanks! Did you require assist during the first few days, or were you able to do for yourself? I ask because I'm not sure that I'll have someone to go with me for another surgery. For the first procedure, we made it a family vacation, but we don't have the funds to do that again....
Biggest challenge was the sitting up/ getting up without using your arms. It's the same as before, no lifting over 10 lbs.. Didn't put my arms over my head till a few days ago. Had my sis in law come straighten my hair after hubby washed it on day three. so I would say nothing more restrictive than last BA. Welcome to send me friend request if you want to see progression. I'll have day 12 posted tomorrow (Thurs).
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I have had it done twice and both times it was capsulectomy with implant exchange. The pain was less because I already had pockets already made and stretched by that point. I feel the recovery process is easier everytime you get surgery but you still need to practice the same cautions. No lifting etc..
This was my experience exactly. I also had a capsulectomy with an implant exchange. The pain was less because the searing pain often associated with a BA is usually due to the trauma of pocket creation.

What was different for me was that I rested beyond what was recommended with my firstBA or my revision. I was extra careful and took it way easy on myself. I've said this a lot on the forum I think...I barely lifted anything weighing more than a shampoo bottle. I just didn't want that CC again, even though I was pretty sure it came from an undiagnosed hematoma and/or staph infection during the first surgery.
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Mine was MUCH easier! Had capsulectomy with new implant due to CC on a fri, went back to work Mon. Unfortunately it (CC) has come back, and will most likely have another revision or explant.
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Mine was MUCH easier! Had capsulectomy with new implant due to CC on a fri, went back to work Mon. Unfortunately it (CC) has come back, and will most likely have another revision or explant.
Oh! I'm so sorry that you have CC again. Good to hear that the recovery is easier, but that doesn't help much if you need yet another surgery.
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Thank you for asking this question. I was wondering what the recovery for capsulectomy was. This time I will actually take it easy and not try to do too much too soon. That will be hard, though.
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Mine was MUCH easier! Had capsulectomy with new implant due to CC on a fri, went back to work Mon. Unfortunately it (CC) has come back, and will most likely have another revision or explant.
I am so sad to hear that you already had it come back so soon. How did you know? I have to have a revision (no idea when they have a spot for me which is adding to my level of stress!); but very curious because I am worried for after mine. He will either score the pocket and exchange implant or remove it completely with an exchange. I think he also has to lower my creases (he didn't use those words, but you can clearly see my scars when i lift my arms - way too low).

How are you recovered now? Did you have another surgery since this one? (I know its been a while).

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I had closed capsulectomies on both breasts and it was much harder this time than my first surgery. Its only been four days and Im making sure to get help & take it easy. I thought it wouldnt be so hard but once my surgeon got in there other issues came up that needed correction. I think it would be wise to have help. My 1 1/2 hour surgery turned into almost 3.
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My CC surgery and implant exchange 5 months post BA was relatively easy. Some pain for a few days...definitely needed help with dogs and dishes...but was very careful. It was no where near the type of discomfort with original BA. I was back on track within about a week. But!!!! Be careful not to overdo it just because you feel better faster...take your time and be aware of your lifting, stretching, pulling!
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I wonder if I over did it. I was cautious but with two young kids it was hard not to do things even after a few weeks. I am sure I pushed myself but I know from day one I had a problem with my left side. Wish he had tried to fix it then with a closed capsulotomy. Too late now!

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I have my revision surgery today for bilateral CC. One developed at 4months and the other at 6 months. I am hoping it is an easy recovery. I had my initial surgery in Sept and that was surprisingly easy. I am hoping to be functional on Monday (no pain pills and able to get kids to and from school and half day at work). I will let you know how it goes. I am really afraid of a reoccurrence. Trying to be positive.
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Wishing you am easy surgery. Glad you got your dad so fast. I had mine in August. Waiting for a date for my surgery. Sad I have to wait to know the date. My doctor does a lot of breast cancer patients so they take priority for his free revision. I am contemplating paying something to bump me up on the list.

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I had 2 revisions for CC, both times he did capsulotomy. I did not need much time to recover, definitely not even close to what I went through first surgery. I was actually worried I did too many things since I didn't even feel the pain. much easier recovery. However, not successful, either one. I am 3 wks post 3rd surgery and already they are hard and somehow painful, worse then any time before...4th sx, here I come!
Best of luck to you, and I really hope you dont get CC again! It's noooo fun! I know...
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