Breast Reconstruction

The industry leader in breast reconstruction procedures, by professionals with the highest level of specialty training

Nearly 150,000 women will undergo mastectomy this year due to breast cancer. However, 7 out of 10 women are never told of their breast reconstruction options.1

Close the loop on breast cancer:

As an academic medical center with the support of a leading-edge cancer center, the plastic surgery team at The University of Kansas Health System is part of your comprehensive care team at the onset of your medical journey – every patient knows their breast reconstruction options. Second-opinions and patient-initiated plastic surgery consultations are also routinely provided and encouraged.

From implant-based and tissue-based reconstruction to nipple areola and surgical lymphedema treatment, our nationally-recognized, board-certified physicians offer the most comprehensive reconstruction services to help make women whole again.

Closing the Loop on Breast Cancer

#BRADayKC The diagnosis was breast cancer. Jane Ann Williams' first thought was that she was going to die. But one step at a time, she went through treatment and found out there is life after mastectomy. That included closing the loop on breast cancer with #breastreconstruction. Jane Ann tells her story.

Posted by University of Kansas Department of Plastic Surgery on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All forms of breast reconstruction are offered to our patients:
  • Tissue Based Breast Reconstruction:
Free Flap Breast Reconstruction Free flap breast reconstruction is a technique in which the breast is reconstructed using your own tissues. A graft of skin, muscle and fat from a donor site recreates the breast mound on your body and is attached to a blood supply in the recipient site.

TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction TRAM flap breast reconstruction is a technique in which tissues from the abdomen are moved to recreate the breast and attached to the blood supply there.
  • No reconstruction: Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy is not for every woman, but every woman should be informed of the options to which she is legally entitled. A plastic surgeon can advise you on timing that may impact breast reconstruction options.
  • Nipple/areola surgical and tattoo services
Breast Reconstruction Options

#BRADayKC 7 out of 10 women who are surgically treated for breast cancer, won't be offered #breastreconstruction. But there are actually many choices available. Dr. James Butterworth, plastic surgeon at The University of Kansas Health System, talks about patient care, their rights and options.

Posted by University of Kansas Department of Plastic Surgery on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lymphedema prevention and treatment options:

Referring providers and patients also have access to the region’s only surgical lymphedema treatment program. Following treatment for breast cancer, some patients may be monitored for lymphedema, swelling of an arm following removal of a lymph node(s). Prevention clinics are available as well as surgical treatment. Our Lymphedema Q&A and series of eight videos with Dr. James Butterworth will help you learn the causes of lymphedema and treatment options.

Choose The University of Kansas Health System:

More women choose The University of Kansas Health System for their breast reconstruction care than anywhere in the Kansas City area. Seven dedicated breast reconstruction surgeons, four experienced magnet-designated nurses and a reconstructive microsurgery team support your care at two convenient locations. In tandem with an entire plastic surgery team, you are supported by the sub-specialized fellowship-trained University of Kansas Physicians prepared to meet your needs. Our hospital is recognized by US News and World Report, celebrated by various patient reviews and dedicated to the art of making each woman feel whole again.

#BRADayKC Lori Baerg's oldest son was about to head to college when she received her breast cancer diagnosis. Following surgery and treatment, she wanted to put the physical reminder of her mastectomy behind her. #Breastreconstruction gave her that choice and helped complete her healing process.

Posted by University of Kansas Department of Plastic Surgery on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For more information:

To learn more, meet our breast reconstruction patients and read their stories

For consultations, appointments or additional information, patients are invited to call 913-588-1227 or 844-323-1227. Referring physicians can call 913-588-5862 or 877-588-5862.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction options. The plastic surgery team at The University of Kansas Health System actively supports these campaigns.

1. Breast Reconstruction PSA video
American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS