Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction aims to restore the shape and size of the breast following mastectomy.  This can either be done at the same time as mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or after completion of all cancer treatment at a later date (delayed reconstruction). 

There are various options for reconstruction which need to be individualised for each patient and time is taken during consultation to go through these.  In simple terms the options are either

  • To use an implant, which is sometime inflatable to adjust the size of the breast
  • The use of skin and muscle tissue from the back is also used to help cover the implant to allow us to create a larger breast volume
  • Finally, tissue – skin and fat, usually from the abdomen, can be used to create the breast.

Each of these procedures has its advantages and disadvantages and will be considered for each patient. 

More general advice is available in the links below

www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-information/treating-breast-cancer/surgery/reconstruction

www.nhs.uk/livewell/breastcancer/pages/reconstruction.asp

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