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.