Gail Lanter: Hello, thank you for visiting. Can I help you in any way?

Visitor: Hello! There is so much information out there. My main concern is how long is the surgery and the estimated recovery time of this surgery after a double mastectomy?

Gail Lanter: Including DIEP and double mastectomy - approximately 6 to 8 hours.

Visitor:  Recovery, as in being able to get back to work?

Gail Lanter: It's dependent on the type of work you do, but in general you can drive yourself after you are no longer taking pain medications. Sedentary work - about 4 to 6 weeks. It may be as much as 8 weeks if you have a strenuous job that requires lifting.

Visitor: Thank you.

Gail Lanter: You are welcome - feel free to send any other questions you may have - we're always happy to help.