Consultants who perform this procedure
Why would I need breast reconstruction surgery?
Having breast reconstruction is a personal choice and not all women choose to have one after undergoing a mastectomy.
Some women find that having a breast reconstruction surgery has a positive impact on their confidence, but this is completely dependent on the individual.
When should you speak to your specialist about breast reconstruction surgery?
If you have undergone or are about to undergo a mastectomy and you think you would be interested in having breast reconstruction surgery, you should speak to your specialist to see what options are available to you.
How is breast reconstruction surgery performed?
Your breast can be reconstructed in different ways. This might be done by:
- Using an implant
- Using tissue from another part of your body
- Doing a combination of the two
Each of these methods has their benefits and drawbacks, and you should discuss with your specialist which one of these might be best for your particular situation.
You can choose to have your breast reconstruction surgery at the same time you have your mastectomy (immediate), or you can also wait until a later date to undergo the procedure (delayed).
What is the recovery for breast reconstruction surgery?
Because there are different ways of carrying out breast reconstruction surgery, your recovery will be dependent on which one you’ve undergone.
If you have any questions about what you can expect after your breast reconstruction surgery, you should discuss them with your specialist.
Are there any risks/complications associated with breast reconstruction surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, it’s possible for complications to occur. You should speak to your specialist about how best to avoid any adverse effects.
Some complications that have been associated with breast reconstruction surgery include:
- An infection
- Excessive bleeding
- Fluid build-up
- Capsular contracture – painful tissue build-up around the implant
- Skin of the breast becomes creased or wrinkled
- The implant leaks or becomes ruptured
- Fat necrosis – the breast tissue becomes damaged or dies because of a poor blood supply
- Abdominal hernias
- Breasts appear uneven
- Loss of sensitivity
How can I prepare for breast reconstruction surgery?
Before you undergo breast reconstruction surgery, you should discuss any questions you have about the procedure or its recovery with your specialist.
Your specialist will advise you of any specific preparations that you should make in advance of your breast reconstruction surgery.
Are there alternatives for breast reconstruction surgery?
Not all women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery after having a mastectomy, and instead might wear a prosthetic breast (or breasts) or they might choose not to wear one entirely.
This is a very personal decision that is completely dependent on the individual.