Mammary reconstrective surgery
Several procedures, which allow the reconstruction of one or both breasts, are available for patients who have undergone a mastectomy. This reconstruction is an integral part of the management of breast cancer.
The procedure can be performed with different techniques and at different moments. Immediate mammary reconstruction takes place during the same operation as the mastectomy itself; deferred reconstruction is undertaken in a different surgery.
Reconstruction with implants is a relatively simple procedure, but with limited indications and variable results, especially in patients who received radiotherapy as part of their treatment. Techniques involving transferral of the patients’ own tissue (with or without implants) are used more frequently. This tissue is generally obtained from the abdomen or the back, and can be supplemented with fat transfer techniques.
Each patient requires a specific treatment to best adapt to their needs; therefore a personal consultation is essential to decide on the optimal procedure.
Working in Son Espases Hospital has given Drs. Monge and Roca a great deal of experience in the most innovative mammary reconstruction techniques due to the large number of patients who receive treatment at the referral centre for the Balearic Islands.