What can I expect upon waking from surgery?

If you are undergoing a lumpectomy, you'll be sent home from the hospital within 24 hours. Once you are taken into surgery, the actual procedure takes 2-3 hours, including the lymph node dissection. After a few hours in the recovery room, upon your awakening and stabilization of vital signs, you'll be moved to your room. The next day you will be walking around and will most likely be sent home.

The surgery associated with a mastectomy requires a longer hospital stay, generally 3-4 days. The surgery itself may last up to 6-7 hours if your plastic surgeon teams with your general surgeon to begin the reconstruction process.