Breast reconstruction is the process of recreating breast volume and shape following mastectomy; this may be as a result of cancer, as prophylaxis due to a genetic predisposition to cancer, or after trauma or to reconstruct a congenital breast problem.
The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a very personal one but as new techniques have been developed that both give excellent results and minimise side effects, more and more women are choosing to undergo a breast reconstruction. These breast reconstructions are available under the medicare system as well as privately; as they have been shown to benefit self esteem and confidence and mark a new phase or reclaiming health and happiness for women who have undergone mastectomy, particularly after breast cancer.
There are many factors that influence the timing (immediate breast reconstruction versus delayed breast reconstruction) and type of reconstruction used (autologous breast reconstruction vs. prosthetic breast reconstruction).
Dr Clarke is expert at all reconstructive surgery options and has studied internationally to perfect his technique in the newer and more refined autologous breast reconstruction options such as; Deep Inferior Epigastric Perferator tissue transfer (DIEPs), Transverse Upper Gracilis flaps (TUGS), Profunda Artery Perforator flaps (PAPs) and Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator flaps (TAPs) and Lateral Intercostal Artery Perforator flaps (LICAPs).