BREAST cancer patients at King’s Mill Hospital are benefiting from one of the most advanced reconstructive surgery procedures in the country.
The hospital has taken delivery of a Jet-assisted Fat Transfer (J-AFT), which is a state-of-the-art technique where fat is harvested from one part of the body and injected into the breasts of suitable patients to enhance and replenish lost volume.
The equipment has been bought with a £46,000 donation from the Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group,.
Ali Jahan, consultant breast surgeon, said: “Reconstruction using the body’s own fat has been used for many years, but this new generation transfer procedure offers patients a less invasive, safer and more effective treatment. It is also a much quicker procedure and patients are usually able to go home the same day.
“Patients at any age can be a candidate for the procedure, depending on their medical history.
“The procedure can be performed after mastectomy and the results are subtle and natural looking.
The procedure has already been used on two patients since it was introduced earlier this month.
Said Beryl Perrin, Amazon chairman: “Patients will benefit from this new technology, improving their pathway to a quicker and less traumatic recovery.”