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15 years ago, I had breast cancer. Initially a lumpectomy, followed by chemo and radiation. After genetic testing, I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. They weren't sure how the radiated side would handle the reconstruction. Anyway, I must tell you that I had very little pain after the surgery. The tight bandage around my chest was most uncomfortable. The pain was very tolerable and I was up and around quickly when I go home. They perform "skin saving" mastectomy in many cases. That helps with implants down the road. The skin can be stretched easier. After all the treatment I went through, the surgery and reconstruction was very tolerable. Good luck and good health to you.