Topic: How soon did you go back to work after surgery?

Forum: DCIS plus HER2-positive Microinvasion — Meet others with this diagnosis.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 07:08PM

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 07:08PM

Rosie24355 wrote:

Brand new member today. I was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago with IDC. They were going to do a lumpectomy but I'm not a candidate for radiation so am going with a single mastectomy. My surgery is tentatively scheduled for Friday Jan 20 going home the next day. I am self employed with a home based Internet sales business so I do nearly all my work on the computer at home. Is it unreasonable to hope to be able to work on Monday following surgery? Thanks in advance for any input and your experiences.

Dx 12/4/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/20/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/27/2012 Femara (letrozole) Dx 3/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2014 Hormonal Therapy 7/3/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 10/7/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jan 9, 2012 01:23AM giddles wrote:

I had surgery on November 1 and went back to work December 1.  I do alot of driving, but the doctor felt that I was able as long as I took it slowly.

Dx 9/4/2011, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, HER2-
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Jan 9, 2012 04:11AM SheChirple wrote:

Careful, Rosie.  I had BMX with TEs implanted.  I planned 3 wks off.  I started working on-line and just doing my email and computer work.  I over did it, had to have a stitch redone. Really just wore myself out.  They had to leave my drains in because so much drainage, due to overuse.  So, for best results DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

Once the drains are out, you are still going to take it easy.  I did go back to work w/in a week of drains coming out, but it was 5 wks post op.

Good luck to you.  DO NOTHING AT ALL for that first week or two and hope for the best.

A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman's body. Dx 10/14/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/28/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/23/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/14/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/24/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 6/9/2014 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jan 9, 2012 04:20AM Momine wrote:

I was tapping away on my computer in the hospital, a few hours after coming out of recovery. HOWEVER, those drains get old real fast, although with any luck you will just have one (I had 4). It can also be hard to sleep, because of the bandages, drains and general discomfort.

So, go easy on yourself. I am sure you can get some work done, but expect to take many breaks. Make sure to take your pain meds and make sure to rest. It is major surgery and it throws your system for a loop.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 11, 2012 03:30AM Hindsfeet wrote:

I thought I would bounce back quickly because I did with the lumpectomies. I had a uni (just one breast removed), I had no idea even with a uni how much recovery time it would take. Maybe the reason, I'm having drain problems...past the two week mark is because I'm on my laptop a lot. The first week, I slept more than I did anything else. I'm taking less pain pills right now, but my goal is to get the drain thing out because I heard today that is whats causing my nerve pain. I have to go to work Thursday so I'm hoping for better or worse I'll do ok...just not lift, and make sure I take time outs. After two weeks I spent the day out today and couldn't believe how tired I got.

Dx 6/13/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jan 11, 2012 03:52AM Linda1966 wrote:

I wouldnt put yourself under the stress to be on a schedule to get back to work on the Monday Rosie. While I found the op itself not particularly painful, its still a huge shock to the system and only rest and following the instructions given to you by the nurse about exercises (if nodes are taken) will aid your recovery. After 2 or 3 nights in hospital you will be very tired when you get home. Doing too much too soon may slow down your recovery and drain removal and I believe the others would agree that getting the drain out asap becomes a high priority. .

If you absolutely have to work on the computer, can you make it a lappy and just lie back in a recliner and work in short intervals?

Dx 12/4/2008, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 12/4/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/15/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Surgery 12/19/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/19/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/10/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 30, 2021 08:23AM - edited Dec 31, 2021 05:56AM by JGore

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Dec 30, 2021 11:21AM - edited Dec 30, 2021 11:24AM by exbrnxgrl


This thread has been inactive for almost 10 years. You could start a new thread or find an active thread. Take care.

Here is a lumpectomy thread that you might find helpful:

Dx IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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