Breast reconstruction surgery is carried out in hospital under general anaesthesia with usually a 3-10 night hospital stay : the stay being usually much shorter when the least complex surgical technique is chosen . Recovery time off work is usually in the range of 4-6Continue reading
We most commonly use implant or more complex free tissue transfer techniques of breast reconstruction.
We use the single stage or two stage implant reconstruction depending on your situation. The single stage implant reconstruction is usually only possible at the time of mastectomy (called immediate recon ) . This involves insertion of the implant after the breast has been removedContinue reading
Free tissue transfer breast reconstruction techniques are where the reconstructed breast is created out of your own tissue only. This tissue is most frequently taken from the abdomen. The tissue is detached from the body with blood vessels attached which are then repaired to bloodContinue reading
This is where an implant is used, but it is combined with the use of some of your own tissue (autologous). The most common tissue used is the latissimus dorsi muscle from the back. This is transferred to the mastectomy site and used to helpContinue reading
Breast reconstruction surgery is sometimes carried out on the same day as the mastectomy (called an immediate reconstruction) or once the mastectomy wound has healed (called a delayed reconstruction). Some patients prefer immediate reconstruction as they combine the breast cancer and reconstruction surgery in oneContinue reading
For women that have had mastectomy of one breast, they will often require surgery to the other breast to gain better symmetry of shape and volume between the two breasts. The surgery to the other breast may be enlargement or reduction +/- breast lift asContinue reading