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Patient stories: Josephine Mitchell

Posted on Monday 24 October 2016 in Patient Stories

Photograph of patient Josephine Mitchell. Two-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Josephine Mitchell faced surgery for a second time after radiotherapy caused hardening of  the original implant breast reconstruction.

Josephine, 59, was referred to Consultant Plastic Surgeon Miss Anita Hazari at The McIndoe Centre, part of Horder Healthcare, where she underwent removal of her right breast prosthesis  and replacement with a Diep reconstruction, a procedure which involved taking skin and fat from her tummy and creating a breast from it.

Now, nearly three months after the operation in June, Josephine is on the road to recovery and is slowly getting life back to normal, despite complications caused by having to come off medication for her rheumatoid arthritis.

She said: “I had different surgery options after the radiotherapy but I felt this one was the best one for me. Mrs Hazari was marvellous and the staff were so caring and helpful. It was a difficult time for me because I could hardly move after the operation so needed a lot of care.

“I would thoroughly recommend The McIndoe Centre. I felt very secure there. It’s a lovely place and the food was fantastic. I only wish I could have eaten more of it!”

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