Time off after breast reduction

I am a 30 yr old with 38h cup. I work in a high volume automotive production plant doing manual labour, including heavy lifting, extensive reaching, and heavy pushing/pulling and am planning on a reduction. Most answers I've seen regarding how long to take off of work don't answer that question in relation to what I do. So my question is how long would be adequate healing time for me to be able to back to work in the industry I work in?

If you had a relatively sedentary job, I would have recommended 1 - 2 weeks off (mostly to restore your stamina before going back to a full work day.)

But, in your case, with the relatively strenuous job you perform, frankly I would recommend 4 weeks off, in order to minimize risk of hurting yourself at work, which could further delay your total healing time. Not everyone can take that much time off work, but consultation with your plastic surgeon can fine-tune the best solution tailored just for you. Hope that helps!

Regina M. Nouhan, MD
Regina M. Nouhan, MD
4801 W 135th StLeawoodKS66224US

Regina M. Nouhan, MD

4801 W 135th St, Leawood, KS, UNITED STATES,
66224

After breast reduction, for patients who perform manual labor, it's best in my experience to take 3 weeks off.

Reza Momeni, MD, FACS
Reza Momeni, MD, FACS
75 E Northfield RdLivingstonNJ07039US

Reza Momeni, MD, FACS

75 E Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ,
UNITED STATES, 07039

Thank you for asking. Breast reduction patients may need 1-2 weeks off depending on how they feel and what type of activity is required at work. Many patients go back to light duty work after a few days. Heavy lifting or strenuous physical occupations may need adjustment and a little more time off on a case by case basis. See your local plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs. Best wishes!

David C. Yao, MD, FACS
David C. Yao, MD, FACS
5010 E Shea BlvdPhoenixAZ85028US

David C. Yao, MD, FACS

5010 E Shea Blvd, #175, Scottsdale, AZ,
UNITED STATES, 85254

I usually recommend 2 weeks off after such surgery. I generally see the patient's back prior to their return and then discuss their limitations. When I do the surgery, I do not injure or manipulate the underlying muscles at all so I do not limit patient's ability to lift their arms. Of course, follow the recommendations of your surgeon.

Good luck,

Dr. Luong

Jacqueline A. Luong, MD
Jacqueline A. Luong, MD
6545 France Ave SEdinaMN55435US

Jacqueline A. Luong, MD

6545 France Ave S, #350, Edina, MN,
UNITED STATES, 55435

Patients will typically have 1-2 days of pain, 1-2 weeks of soreness, and it will take 1-2 months to feel like you're back to 100%. In the last year, I have had an attorney who was able to work the next day (using her laptop from home, making conference calls, etc...) and a police officer who took a full six weeks of leave (because she can get kicked in the chest by a bad guy). Your surgeon should be able to work with you to help you and your employer understand any restrictions that may be specific to your line of work.

Clark F Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
Clark F Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
676 N St Clair StChicagoIL60611US

Clark F Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS

676 N St Clair St, #1575, Chicago, IL,
UNITED STATES, 60611

There will not be a specific answer per industry A benchmark of 6 weeks would be appropriate. Re-examination 1-2 weeks prior would determine if more time is necessary. Physical therapy would be part of the recovery process.

Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
2530 Walsh Tarlton LnAustinTX78746US

Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS

2530 Walsh Tarlton Ln, #100, Austin, TX,
UNITED STATES, 78746

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