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Breast surgery

Breast surgery is performed by specialist breast surgeons for both benign and malignant (cancerous) disease.

According to the NHS, the most common reason for having breast reconstruction surgery is a mastectomy. This is when your breast is partially or completely removed during breast cancer treatment. But before going ahead with breast surgery, it is important to carefully discuss what the procedure can involve and what to expect after your surgery with a specialist breast surgeon.

We look at the most common reasons why you might have breast surgery, what it could involve and the different types of breast surgeries that we provide at our hospitals.

Breast surgery is performed by specialist breast surgeons for both benign and malignant (cancerous) disease.

If you have breast cancer related symptoms you may undergo investigations which may include ultrasound or mammography, FNA (fine needle aspiration) and CT X-Ray guided biopsy. Common operations include biopsy, excision of breast lump (lumpectomy) and mastectomy (removal of the breast). 

Clinical breast oncologists (breast cancer specialists) provide further advice on radiotherapy, hormonal and chemotherapy treatment if appropriate. 

For those who have had a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery is also recommended. Having the breast partially or wholly rebuilt can improve body image and self-esteem, aiding the recovery process physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Breast surgery also includes reconstructive procedures such as breast implants and breast reduction.

Any breast procedure is carried under anaesthetic, either local or general, depending on the type of procedure you need.

Local anaesthesia is when a specific area of your body is anaesthetised whilst you remain conscious (awake). However, general anaesthesia is when you are made fully unconscious (asleep) before a surgical procedure. General anaesthetics are administered by a Consultant or specialist anaesthetists in the operating theatre suite.

Your vital signs (for example; breathing, heart rate, blood pressure) are carefully monitored during the operation and afterwards in the recovery area. 

Our Consultant breast surgeons will diagnose and provide the best possible treatment and care for you, in order to make a speedy recovery. They will work with you to find the most suitable reconstruction method that will help you get back to your old self, such as:

We offer fast, direct and convenient appointments where the Consultant can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor made treatment package.

Booking your breast surgery with us differs depending on your condition and advised treatment option.

To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced specialist breast surgeons. This is a simple and fast process. You can also book your consultation by calling us directly. 

If you would like to learn more about the other breast treatments that we offer such as breast lifts, breast enlargements or reductions, you can read our informative and in-depth cosmetic surgery page.

This could help you to decide which treatment option might suit you best. 

Specialists offering Breast surgery

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Mr Kian Tan

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBChB (Honours), MRes (Merit), MRCS, MFSTEd, PGCert Advanced Surgery, FRCS (Plast)

The Beaumont Hospital

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Mr Simon Charles Hawkins

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


The Ridgeway Hospital

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Mr Kaiyumars Contractor

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Michael McKirdy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MBChB, FRCS, FRCS (General)

Ross Hall Hospital

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Miss Chrissie Laban

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


Bath Clinic

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Mr Abdul Kasem

Consultant Oncoloplastic & Cosmetic Breast Surgeon

MD, MRCS, AFRCS, FRCS Eng (gen-surg)

Chelsfield Park Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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