If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Breast reconstruction is surgery to make a new breast shape after an operation to remove the breast mastectomy. It will help to know how to prepare for surgery, and what to expect when you're recovering.
Types of breast reconstruction 2. Comparing breast reconstruction options 4. Reconstruction with breast-conserving surgery 5.
Our plastic surgery team provide a consultant-led service at Charing Cross Hospital to reconstruct breast and chest wall defects. We are specialists in microsurgery, including the most complex form of breast reconstruction known as free flap reconstruction. The most common reason for breast reconstruction is following a mastectomy, where the breast is removed or partially removed during treatment for breast cancer.
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Breast reconstruction is surgery to make a new breast after removal of the breast or part of the breast. The aim is to make a breast of similar size and shape to your original breast. But they won't be identical.
Nearly a quarter of local NHS commissioning groups CCGs have policies which restrict reconstruction services without an underlying medical need, the charity Breast Cancer Now has revealed. These policies include limiting the number of surgeries women were allowed, putting a timeframe on when they could have the surgery. Jo, 43, from Somerset, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and had a lump removed in addition to six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, but balancing surgery is being restricted in her region.
There are advantages and disadvantages of immediate breast reconstruction versus delayed breast reconstruction. There are practical advantages both to the patient and to the surgeon of having an immediate breast reconstruction. From the patient perspective, a delayed breast reconstruction means two separate operations with the inpatient stay and the post-operative recovery that that entails.
We are fully committed to funding reconstructive surgery for women affected by breast cancer. This includes supporting up to three operations, in the five years after treatment, to the breast affected by cancer. We propose applying the existing policy of not funding cosmetic surgery to the unaffected breast.
Please refresh the page and retry. Freedom of Information disclosures reveal that almost one in four NHS authorities have introduced restrictive policies, which mean women can be denied the operations to restore their bodies. Around one quarter of the 42, women diagnosed with breast cancer each year in England undergo a mastectomy.