If you are having total mastectomy then most doctors will not do the flap reconstruction so you will probably have expanders and then implants
placed. I had the mast. in Dec 06 and have had expanders in since then, I will have the implants
placed in Sept 07, Mine was delayed do to radiation treatments, but most implants get placed within 6 mths from what I understand.
The pain is bearable but be very careful about what you lift or do with your arms.