DIEP Reconstruction case study

One of my patients called Rachel wrote the following:

Mrs E had been treated for left breast cancer with a mastectomy and reconstruction with a tissue expander. After her radiotherapy treatment, her tissue expander got harder and developed capsular contracture, which draws the implant higher up. After her consultation she was advised that she would require removal of her tissue expander and reconstruction with her own tissue (Free DIEP reconstruction).

Mrs E Quoted:

As soon as I learned that I would have to have a mastectomy I knew that I wanted to have the best breast reconstruction possible.

I have not been disappointed. I have felt that Mr Wilson and I have worked together as a team during all stages of my treatment. I have been very appreciative of how generous Mr Wilson has been with his time – he has always been willing to see me and discuss any concerns, however trivial. For my part, I have worked hard to keep healthy and fit which has enabled me to have three operations within eighteen months. Now I have two matching, natural looking and feeling breasts and a flat tummy as well as an added bonus!

Two years ago, when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I could not imagine how I could feel attractive and feminine ever again, but now I look better and feel better about myself than I have done for years – a totally positive result!

  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England