Patient Case Study

Breast Reconstruction – CB

When Clare was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy, she had the choice of an immediate reconstruction with an implant or a delayed reconstruction.

Clare’s cancer had developed in the milk duct of her right breast after she had fed her daughter. This is called DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) and according to Breast Cancer Care is the earliest form of breast cancer which accounts for about 12% of all breast cancers. Breasts are made up of milk-producing glands and ducts which are surrounded by fatty tissue. DCIS is when cancer cells have developed within the ducts of the breast but remain ‘in situ’. At this point, the cancer cells have not developed the ability to spread into the surrounding breast tissue or to other parts of the body. As a result of being confined to the ducts, DCIS has a much better prognosis compared to other types of breast cancer.

As Clare came to terms with the shattering news, she chose to have an implant because it was the quicker option and she was keen for life to return to normal as soon as possible.

But when the implant became uncomfortable, Clare decided to undergo a breast reconstruction at The McIndoe Centre with Mr Simon Mackey.

A DIEP reconstruction was performed, so skin was taken from her stomach which in effect mimics a tummy tuck. Patients are left with a horizontal scar in the lower abdomen as well as across the new breast. However, the scar on the stomach is easily hidden by underwear.

“Simon is a lovely man and was very enthusiastic about what he could do to help me. I wanted to draw a line under the whole experience and get something that would not need any future interference. He totally made me feel at ease during the whole process which was just what I needed as the whole experience had been so stressful.

“My experience at The McIndoe Centre was fabulous. Simon was very flexible about when I could have my operation which meant we are able to choose the best time for us. It was an eight-hour procedure but when I was back in my room, I had a nurse stay with me all night and I was checked every 30 minutes. The staff were lovely.”


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01342 887 540


01342 887 540


© 2021 Mackey Surgery Ltd Company No. 09463704