Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery

When it comes to breast cancer treatment, surgery is often the first step. But the physical and emotional effects of losing a breast can be significant. That’s where oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery comes in. This specialized field combines cancer treatment with plastic surgery techniques to improve the cosmetic outcome of breast cancer surgery. At BlueBliss hospitals, we have a team of highly qualified and nationally acclaimed oncoplastic surgeons whose expertise lies in Mastectomies, Breast conversation surgeries, Breast oncoplasty, Local perforator flaps, Various reconstruction techniques of the breast such as free deep inferior epigastric flaps, peddled latissimus doors muscle flap, transverse rectus abdominis flap, transverse upper gluteus flap, Mammoplasty and mastopexy procedures.

Types of Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeries

There are several different types of oncoplastic and reconstructive surgeries that can be performed, depending on the size and location of the cancer and the patient’s preferences.

  • Mastectomy with immediate reconstruction: – Depending on the stage of the cancer, surgical removal of part of the esophagus offers curative management option. This can be done by laparoscopic or open surgery either through the abdomen (Trans-hiatal) or the chest (trans thoracic).

  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy: – For some women, it may be possible to remove the breast tissue while leaving the nipple intact. This is called a nipple-sparing mastectomy. The plastic surgeon can then rebuild the breast using implants or the patient’s own tissue.

  • Breast conversion surgery (breast reconstruction surgery): A surgical procedure that restores the shape, size, and appearance of a woman's breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. The procedure can be performed using various techniques, including implant reconstruction, flap reconstruction, or a combination of both. The surgery can help women regain their confidence and self-esteem, as well as improve their quality of life.

  • Breast oncoplasty: A type of breast cancer surgery that combines the principles of oncologic surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques. The goal of breast oncoplasty is to remove the cancerous tissue while preserving as much breast tissue and shape as possible. Its benefits include improved cosmetic outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, and improved quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

  • Local perforator flaps:A type of reconstructive surgery used to restore tissue lost during cancer treatment, injury or congenital deformity. This technique involves moving healthy skin, tissue, and blood vessels from one part of the body to the damaged area, to create a new breast or reconstruct the affected area. Local perforator flaps are preferred over traditional reconstruction methods as they are less invasive, have a shorter recovery time, and produce natural-looking results.

  • Breast-conserving surgery with reshaping: This type of surgery, also called lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, involves removing the cancerous tissue along with a margin of healthy tissue. In oncoplastic surgery, the remaining breast tissue is reshaped to create a more natural-looking breast. This can involve moving tissue from another part of the breast or using implants.

  • Symmetrization: : After breast cancer surgery, it’s common for the breasts to be uneven. In oncoplastic surgery, the plastic surgeon can work to make the remaining breast match the reconstructed breast, or vice versa.

  • Reduction mammoplasty: For women with very large breasts, a reduction mammoplasty may be performed. This involves removing excess breast tissue and reshaping the remaining breast tissue to create a smaller, more lifted breast.

Oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery can make a significant difference in the physical and emotional recovery of breast cancer patients. By combining cancer treatment with cosmetic surgery techniques, patients can have a more positive experience and better cosmetic outcome.