For women who have experienced breast cancer, whether they have had a mastectomy or breast conserving treatment, there are a range of options to discuss. Some women choose to “go flat”, other women opt for rebuilding a breast using an implant or their own tissue. Some women are able to modify the breast to disguise the effects of cancer removal and radiotherapy.
These are complex discussions which require time to allow for questions, and to ensure that whatever choice is made is the right choice for each patient.
Dr Campbell-Lloyd is an experienced breast reconstruction surgeon offering all forms of breast reconstruction. Please follow the links below for additional information on some of the breast reconstruction procedures that he performs:
The DIEP flap is the gold-standard form of breast reconstruction. It is possible for this procedure to be performed on most patients.
The use of breast implants for reconstruction may be a suitable option for younger ladies, in preventative surgery, and for small-breasted patients. It is a procedure that is very dependent on the quality of mastectomy performed by the breast surgeon.
Breast implant reconstruction will always require revision procedures. Some women either cannot, or prefer not to have this done by their original reconstructive surgeon. Dr Campbell-Lloyd is one of very few surgeons who is happy to offer revision procedures to ladies for whom he is not the original treating surgeon.
Dr Campbell-Lloyd has previously written a number of articles which discuss the pros and cons of various aspects of breast reconstruction. You can read more here.
We offer all forms of breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is complex surgery requiring a high level of expertise. There will be out-of-pocket costs for all patients, but we strive to minimise these costs.
Fat grafting to the breast is a frequently performed procedure in breast reconstruction, and there may be additional costs associated with this. Fortunately, from November 1 2021, a new item number has been introduced for fat grafting to the breast after treatment for breast cancer. This allows for coverage of hospital and anaesthetic costs (by Medicare and your private health insurance) as well as partial coverage of surgical costs. Fat grafting is often performed in association with other revisions including implant exchange, nipple reconstruction, flap modifications and breast reduction procedures (for symmetry). Please contact us for more information about this.
It is best to check your level of cover with your health fund. Below are some item numbers that are frequently used and which may apply to you – these can be quoted to your health fund to check whether you would be covered for certain procedures.
We recommend that all patients contact their health fund prior to consultation.
Please note that some of these item numbers have been updated in July 2023.
Tissue expander and implant reconstruction (including implant revision):
45527 | 45529 | 45547 | 46094 | 45554
DIEP flap reconstruction:
46080 | 45571 | 45538
Fat transfer to the breast (after breast cancer treatment):
45534 | 45535
Removal of breast implants/”explant” surgery:
Dr Campbell-Lloyd only offers private breast reconstruction to insured patients. For more information you can contact us here.
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