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Breast Unit

Surgical techniques to create a new breast

Breast surgeon Richard Sutton with patient

There are two main techniques for breast reconstruction - reconstruction using only a breast implant and reconstruction using your own tissue (a tissue flap). This tissue can be taken from a number of places in the body, although the most common sites are from the back or the lower part of the abdomen (or stomach).

Some women may have a number of choices available to them to achieve a breast reconstruction. However, often one type of operation may be the most suitable due to factors such as the build and shape of your body and whether treatment with radiotherapy has been used in the past or is planned for the future.

Reconstruction techniques are discussed in the following sections:

Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Reconstruction using an implant

Reconstruction using flaps of muscle, fat and skin

Nipple reconstruction

Also see

Breast Cancer Care
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Breast Cancer Care: Breast Reconstruction Link opens in new window

General Hospital Information

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