Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast Reconstruction surgery remains at the heart of Dr Campbell-Lloyd’s practise. He is an expert in 'DIEP flap' surgery, which is widely acknowledged to be the gold-standard in breast reconstruction.

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:

Breast reconstruction with DIEP flaps
The DIEP flap is the gold-standard form of breast reconstruction. It is possible for this procedure to be performed on most patients.
Breast reconstruction with implants
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.
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.

Cost information

We offer all forms of breast reconstruction. Our philosophy is that breast reconstruction should not create "financial toxicity". 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.

This philosophy extends to DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap reconstruction. Dr Campbell-Lloyd’s extensive experience allows this complex procedure to be performed efficiently, and reliably. He typically performs DIEP flap surgery with a colleague to further improve efficiency, and therefore safety. Most DIEP flaps will take between 5 and 8 hours.

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.

Tissue expander and implant reconstruction:

45539 | 45542 | 45527 | 45553 | 45554

DIEP flap reconstruction:

45504 | 45505 | 45570 | 45565
45562 | 45569 | 45554 | 45564

Fat transfer to the breast (after breast cancer treatment):

45534 | 45535

Removal of breast implants/”explant” surgery:

45551

  • St John of God Hospital - all primary procedures.
  • Bendigo Day Surgery - secondary procedures including fat transfer, nipple reconstruction and minor corrections.

For more information you can contact us here.

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