Dr. Harness shares if a mastectomy is an inpatient or outpatient procedure.
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Good question. Most mastectomies involve at least what’s called a 23-hour stay in the hospital. The vast majority of patients have such minimal pain the next day that they would like to go home. Is it possible to do a mastectomy as an outpatient? Yes. I think using long-acting local analgesia before you make any incisions. The question is also complicated by the fact, are you doing immediate reconstruction? Excuse me, and if you put a tissue expander in when you are doing the immediate reconstruction, it’s probably a two-day stay, although we have had patients go home again, under 24 hours.