Breast reconstruction: other reconstruction procedures

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

There are a range of techniques used  to reconstruct the breast and the right one for you will depend on your individual circumstances.

This clip shows you some newer surgical reconstruction procedures using flaps from different parts of the body other than the abdomen and the back. These techniques may be appropriate for women who are too slim for tissue to be taken from their abdomen or who have scarring from previous surgery in their abdominal area.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet, which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique three – the DIEP flap and SIEA flap

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows two techniques that use tissue taken from the abdomen without taking any muscle, known as the DIEP flap and the SIEA flap.

There are different variations of this method of reconstruction and surgeons are developing techniques to take flaps from other areas of the body and to improve the cosmetic result.

You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique two – TRAM flap

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows a particular technique that uses your body tissue to reconstruct the breast. This technique is called the TRAM flap. It uses a flap of tissue and muscle taken from the abdomen to reconstruct the breast.

The clip will show you what happens during the surgical procedure.You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: technique one – implants

This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

It shows techniques that use a breast implant. It will show you the different types of breast implant and what to expect from the surgical procedure. You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.

It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast reconstruction: introduction

This short animation is an introduction to a series of clips that aim to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.

The clips are not designed to be especially detailed or scientific, but to give you an idea of how the process of breast reconstruction works and which areas of your body are likely to be affected.

There are a range of techniques used  to reconstruct the breast and the right one for you will depend on your individual circumstances. It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.

The film refers to our latest Breast reconstruction booklet which you can download from our publication pages at http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Breast cancer – Irene and James’ story

In this video, Irene and James talk about how they faced Irene’s breast cancer together. They recall her decision to have a bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction, and getting used to a new physical relationship afterwards.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video contains the interviewees’ understanding of their own diagnosis and treatment and should not be viewed as clinical advice or information. The views in this video are those of the participants and do not represent the views of Breast Cancer Care.

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Breast cancer – Natalie’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Natalie talks about her experience of twice being diagnosed with breast cancer. She discusses how important it was to her to be open and honest with her son, and how supporting and being supported by other women with breast cancer is a continuing help.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Natalie’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.

Breast cancer – Julie’s story

In this video, Breast Cancer Care volunteer Julie talks about being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. She recalls the shock of the diagnosis, discusses the benefits for her of having an immediate breast reconstruction and looks back on how she coped with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different. This video reflects Julie’s personal understanding of her diagnosis and treatment and should not be taken as clinical advice or information. Views expressed do not represent those of Breast Cancer Care.