Breast surgery

QVH is the major regional centre for complex, microvascular breast reconstruction following, or simultaneously with, resection for cancer.

Our integrated team of consultants and specialist breast reconstruction nurses provide a wide range of reconstructive options , and support to guide the patient through their reconstructive trajectory.

Our Macmillan Breast Reconstruction Nurse Specialists, Pam Golton and Rebecca Spencer, act as a point of contact for patients, relatives, carers and other healthcare professionals. They provide information and practical and emotional support to patients undergoing breast reconstruction and related breast care.

Breast reconstruction surgery was cancelled throughout the NHS from early April in order to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and, in line with national guidance, is likely to be one of the later areas for operations to begin again. We will be in touch as soon as we have more information. We are making all possible efforts to safely restore our normal services as early as possible and very much appreciate your understanding and patience.

Information on breast reconstruction

Your guide to breast reconstruction – video playlist:

If you’re thinking about having breast reconstruction surgery, this playlist is for you. Split into a series of short clips, four of our plastic surgeons describe the range of options available to you, the risks and what to expect during recovery. In addition four women explain which procedure they chose and show how it worked for them.

If the video is not displaying above you can watch it on YouTube. To obtain a copy of this playlist as a DVD, please contact or

Additional videos are accessible on our YouTube channel including:

Breast reconstruction photographs

Recent survey results

Clinical effectiveness

The gold standard for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a ‘free flap’ reconstruction using microvascular techniques to take tissue, usually from the abdomen, and use it to form a new breast.

This technique has greater patient satisfaction and longevity but carries greater risks of failure than an implant or pedicled flap reconstruction, so it is important we monitor our success.

Full details of our patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness measures are published in our annual Quality Report. Find the latest version here.

Our breast reconstruction nurse specialists

Patient information leaflets

Breast Reconstruction Show & Tell information events

Our team provide information and support to ladies considering or going through breast reconstruction due to breast cancer or with a genetic mutation diagnosis. We run regular ‘Show & Tell’ events where you can meet women who have already had reconstructive surgery, see their results and ask questions about their operations. These are very informal events, providing an opportunity, in a relaxed environment, to discuss any aspect of breast reconstruction.