The mastectomy was immediately followed by breast reconstruction, led by consultant surgeon, Dr Sulaiman Shantour.
“The most frequently performed surgical immediate breast reconstruction procedures in the past were the insertion of an implant under the pectoralis major muscle. However, the new pre-pectoral technique does not require mobilising the pectoralis muscle. Therefore, the pain is less, the result is aesthetically better, and the patients can return back early to their daily activities quicker,” Dr Shantour said.
Rate of incidence
While the rate of incidence is on the rise, treatment has also become more easily available. Increasingly, breast reconstruction is also performed following a mastectomy, allowing patients to regain their physical and emotional balance.
Advances in reconstruction
Based on the patient’s overall condition, reconstruction surgeries that are minimally invasive are recommended, and can be performed immediately after the mastectomy. The latest techniques, such as the one undertaken at Tawam, place implants above the chest pectoral muscle so that the muscle doesn’t have to be cut or stretched, thus allowing for a more painless, quicker recovery.
Other procedures use the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast. This procedure may have to be performed some time after the mastectomy, and may not be possible for all patients.
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