Dr Thomet specialises in breast reconstruction. She is licensed to carry out all reconstructive techniques and will be best able to advise you.
Breast reconstruction is carried out after the complete removal of the breast (mastectomy) or more and more often after partial removal of the breast (tumorectomy), by restructuring the breast using techniques which are well-known in plastic surgery. In this case, we talk about onco-plastic surgery. Breast reconstruction also covers the treatment of the after-effects of a tumorectomy.
Breast reconstruction is an integral part of the treatment of breast cancer. Where possible, we try to reconstruct the breast or breasts during the same procedure as the mastectomy. In some cases, symmetrisation of the other breast may also be done, immediately or subsequently. Whichever technique is used, breast reconstruction is carried out in several stages and is completed with the reconstruction of the nipple and the areola. Generally speaking, full breast reconstruction takes between 9 and 12 months.
The choice of the type of reconstruction depends on several factors, including your morphology, your wishes, and also the type of oncological surgery practised by your gynaecologist. Your surgeon will advise you of the different possibilities which are suited to your case.
For more information on the techniques: brochure de la reconstruction mammaire des HUG.
Link to the GUH website on breast reconstruction: https://www.hug-ge.ch/reconstruction-mammaire