Breast reconstruction is an operation to replace the breast after mastectomy (removal of a breast), or lumpectomy (removal of part of the breast).
Breast reconstruction surgery is a very important part of recovery for women who have had breast cancer. As well as aesthetic benefits, breast reconstruction allows women to return to an emotional state they enjoyed before their cancer diagnosis.
It is possible to have breast reconstruction at the same time as the cancer operation, or many years later. During the surgery, the breast may be reconstructed with breast implants or your own tummy tissue (if this is the case, the patient has a ‘tummy tuck’ at the same time). It may be necessary for the other breast to be adjusted to give the best symmetrical result.