Breast reconstruction surgery patient information
We provide information and support on different aspects of treatment for patients who have been referred to our breast reconstruction surgery service.
Before your appointment
We see patients with urgent referrals within one week, and all other patients as quickly as possible.
You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment. You are also welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.
Please remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:
- Your full address and telephone number(s)
- A list of medications you are taking
- Your appointment card and appointment letter
- Your GP’s name and address
- A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant
You will often be asked to attend the breast reconstruction seminar at Maggie’s West London before you have your consultation with your doctor.
During your appointment
When you arrive, go directly to the main outpatients department on the first floor at Charing Cross Hospital. Waiting times can vary and can be lengthy. We suggest you allow a free morning or afternoon for your appointment, as emergency patients may require to be seen prior to waiting patients. Your appointment will likely take 30 to 60 minutes, but this may vary depending upon your individual needs.
At your initial consultation with your doctor, you will be seen by one of our experienced plastic surgeons with particular expertise in microsurgery, along with a breast care nurse. The surgeon will ask about any existing medical conditions and medications you are taking. You will also be examined to ensure surgery is a suitable option.
After your appointment
Following your assessment the surgeon will discuss the reconstructive options available to you. For the most complex forms of reconstruction (i.e. autologous tissue) you will be sent for a CT scan. You will then be seen again in the clinic one to two weeks later to finalise the plan for your reconstructive surgery.
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