Hospital introduces advanced breast reconstruction procedure

13 December 2012

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) is one of the first trusts in the country to introduce one of the most advanced breast reconstructive surgery procedures, bringing a new option to breast cancer patients. 

Purchased from a £46,600 donation from the Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group, the Jet-assisted Fat Transfer (J-AFT) is a state-of-the-art technique where fat is harvested from one part of the body – for example the thighs – and injected into the breasts of suitable patients to enhance and replenish lost volume.

Mr Ali Jahan, Consultant Breast Surgeon at SFH, said: "The purchase of this ground-breaking equipment would not have been possible without the generous donation from the Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group – it is very exciting to offer this reconstructive option to our patients.

"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.  Since its introduction on 3 December, the technique has been used on two patients resulting in an excellent outcome".

Beryl Perrin, SFH Governor and Chairperson of the Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group said: "The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group is very proud and pleased to present Mr Jahan and the breast surgical team at King's Mill Hospital with this innovative body jet liposuction system. 

"Patients will benefit from this new technology, improving their pathway to a quicker and less traumatic recovery.

"As chairperson I would like to thank all our supporters and fundraisers who have made this donation possible". 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Amazons are a well-established support group and registered charity based at King's Mill Hospital.  All funds are locally raised and are used for the benefit of local patients.  Click here for more information.

Photo/interview opportunity

Members of the media are invited for a photograph/interview opportunity with Mr Jahan and members of the Amazon Breast Support Group on Monday 17 December at 11.30am.   Please report to the breast unit reception desk at King's Mill Hospital.

Please note photographs and filming of the equipment will not be possible due to its sensitive location. A photograph of the machine with Mr Jahan is attached for information. 

Issued by the Trust's Communications Department

Telephone: 01623 672294 for further information/interviews/photographs