Important information for patients considering breast implant surgery

Breast implant surgery is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure and is typically very successful, with a high patient satisfaction rate. However, any surgical procedure carries a degree of risk and potential complications and it is essential that patients are fully aware of the implications of their decision to go ahead with surgery at that time.

Last month, a joint statement was released by the Association of Breast Surgeons (ABS), the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), who have been working in close collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to evaluate the risk factors associated with Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Click here to read the statement in full.

Mr Kelvin Ramsey always offers a comprehensive consultation where all aspects of the surgical procedure are discussed in depth to ensure that patients are fully informed. If you have further questions, then please call 020 3764 0399 to arrange a consultation.

Mr Kelvin Ramsey completes the Royal College of Surgeon’s Cosmetic Surgery Professional Behaviours Masterclass

In response to the 2013 review of the cosmetic surgery industry by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE, the Royal College of Surgeons has developed a cosmetic surgery certification scheme aimed at improving patient safety in this sector.

The aim of this scheme is to recognise surgeons that have the necessary and relevant training, qualifications and experience to carry out these surgical procedures. Patients will then be able to search for certified surgeons on the Royal College of Surgeons website prior to booking a consultation.

Part of the certification process is attending a Professional Behaviours Masterclass at the Royal College of Surgeons which ensures that surgeons are conversant in the appropriate professional skills and patient interaction that is required. Mr Kelvin Ramsey recently completed this course which covered consultation techniques and the approach to post-operative care and how any complications should be dealt with.

 

New study questions use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer treatment

Published this month in the British Medical Journal was an interesting paper on the application of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of breast cancer. This type of chemotherapy refers to medicines that are used prior to surgery to reduce the size of the tumour.

Lead author of the paper, Mr Jayant S Vaidya, professor of surgery and oncology and consultant breast cancer surgeon at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital, argued that in some cases we must reconsider current the use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy as there is evidence to suggest that there is a higher rate of local recurrence and no evidence of survival benefit.

Prince William joins the team at The Royal Marsden

Our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, recently visited us at The Royal Marsden to watch one of our surgical teams perform a robotic oesophagectomy using the Da Vinci robotic surgical system.

This pioneering surgery is only available at The Royal Marsden and allows our surgeons to substantially reduce operating times for our patients. This minimally invasive approach means visible scarring is reduced and patients are able to return home quickly after their operation.

William is following in the steps of Princess Diana who was previously patron of The Royal Marsden and visited us many times