Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is the creation of a new breast shape (mound) using surgery. It may be done after removal of a whole breast (mastectomy) or part of the breast. You can either have reconstruction at the same time as the breast cancer surgery (immediate reconstruction) or months or years later (delayed reconstruction). Breast reconstruction is a process and often involves several operations to give you the best result possible.

There are usually different options available for breast reconstruction and your breast surgeon will explain which one is likely to suit you best.

There are summary guidelines produced by healthcare professionals, patients affected by breast cancer and Breast Cancer Care which set out what all breast cancer patients can expect from their breast reconstruction team.

Last reviewed: September 2014
Next planned review is September 2016

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