Mastectomy (preventive) and breast reconstruction
The London Clinic provides a full breast care service for women who are worried about their breast health or who have developed breast cancer.
Now that genetic tests are available to find out if a woman carries one of the breast cancer susceptibility genes, the number of cases of preventive mastectomy has been rising steadily.
There is now a much greater awareness of genetic abnormalities and breast cancer risk.
The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been fully characterised and genetic testing for women with a family history that strongly suggests a predisposition to developing breast or ovarian cancer at a young age can now be performed very easily.
Having a bilateral mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction on both sides is a major undertaking, particularly if there are currently no signs of breast disease.
Other women may opt to have a double mastectomy when they are diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast.
Knowing that they are carrying a breast cancer susceptibility gene heightens their worry that the cancer will come back, or that they will go on to develop breast cancer in their other breast.
What does breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy involve?
The most widely used tissue flap technique used for breast reconstruction is to take a tissue flap from the back, taking in the latissimus dorsi muscle, skin, fat and the attached blood vessels.
A woman having a double breast reconstruction can opt for a tissue flap construction only, or a tissue flap construction that also incorporates silicone implants.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis