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@sandyjr

I will be having these surgeries in the near future (hopefully the corona virus will not delay it) and wonder how long ladies had their drains in and if there was anything…diet, exercise, ?….that would positively affect the timeline of that and healing.

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Hi @sandyjr, I moved your message to this discussion that you already started about DIEP reconstruction. You ask great questions about how long drains stay in and how to prepare for recovery regarding diet and exercise. I'm confident that @trixie1313 @basslakebabe19 @bomashisha @cathyhand and @dianamiracle will have some great advice and experience to offer.

While we wait for others to chime in, here are some discussions that answer some of your questions:
– Exercise and Physical Activity after Breast Cancer Surgery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/exercise-and-physical-activity-after-breast-cancer-surgery/
– How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-long-did-you-have-your-drains-in-after-mastectomy/
– What Are Your Best Tips for Before and After a Mastectomy? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-are-your-best-tips-for-before-and-after-a-mastectomy/
– Breast Surgery; any advice to prepare for surgery? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/breast-surgery-any-advice-to-prepare-for-surgery/
– Videos about Breast Cancer Surgery from Mayo Experts https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/videos-about-breast-cancer-surgery-from-mayo-experts/

When is your surgery scheduled?

It's been a long time since I had these surgeries, but if I remember correctly, I had my drains in for about a week to 10 days.