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Breast reconstruction surgery following cancer treament

March 07, 2018

Reconstruction may be suggested after removal of the breast (mastectomy) or removal of some breast tissue (lumpectomy or wide local excision). 

A mastectomy involves the removal of all the breast tissue.  There are various ways of creating a new breast shape including by implant and by reconstruction with living tissue taken from another part of the body.  The aim is to create a breast similar in shape and size. 

If a decision is made to have a reconstruction it can take place at the same time as the breast cancer surgery, or later.  The timing is a matter for the individual.  There are pros and cons to both options, and the patient should discuss carefully with the consultants involved, and, if appropriate, the GP.

The decision as to who to ask to carry out the surgery is also an important one.  Sometimes the breast surgeon who has carried out the removal will offer to perform the reconstruction.

While many breast surgeons have experience in the techniques involved not all do.  Breast surgeons specialising in reconstructions techniques are called oncoplastic surgeons.  Some hospitals have breast cancer surgeons and plastic surgeons working together in this area.  The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has a list of hospitals with plastic surgery units.

In the unlikely event that a patient is dissatisfied or things do not go according to plan, and the result is unsatisfactory, the specialist team at Metcalfes has experience in successfully pursuing claims in these circumstances.  Inadequately performed reconstruction surgery can result in a poor cosmetic appearance and the need for further revision surgery. 

We have also helped clients (both male and female) in claims arising out of breast reduction and augmentation surgery, within the NHS and privately, and the consequences and types of plastic surgery.

Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team of Medical Negligence Lawyers who can offer you specialist advice.   We deal with all areas of medical negligence. If you believe that you or a family member has suffered as a result of medical negligence then please contact us on 0117 239 8012.  Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

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Breast reconstruction surgery following cancer treament

Gillian Clark

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