Breast reconstruction is specialised surgery. Surgeons who carry out this type of operation may be plastic surgeons or oncoplastic surgeons.
Plastic surgeons are trained in reconstruction surgery. Oncoplastic surgeons are trained in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction surgery. Some types of breast reconstruction operations need to be carried out by a surgeon who is skilled in microsurgery (a reconstructive plastic surgeon). You may need to travel to your regional plastic surgery unit, which may be some distance from your home, to have this type of operation.
You can ask your surgeon about their experience in breast reconstruction. You can also ask to see photographs of breast reconstructions they have done. This can help to give you an idea of what may be possible with reconstructive surgery. Your surgeon or specialist nurse may also be able to put you in touch with other women who have had breast reconstruction to talk it over with you.
You may also want to discuss breast reconstruction after cancer treatment with other women on our online community at macmillan.org.uk/community
You can also get in touch with women who’ve had breast reconstruction following risk reducing breast surgery.