Singelberg Clinic: Breast reconstruction surgery in Belgium
The Singleberg Clinic offers high quality, competitively-priced breast reconstructive surgery, without the inconvenience of long distance travel. This takes place in an outstanding general hospital in Belgium , close to the well known Flemish town of Antwerp (20 km), but still only 30 kms (20 miles) from Brussels, the heart of European affairs.
Following breast cancer, reconstructive surgery can provide excellent results, for women who want to regain the fullness of a breast. The best results can be achieved by using your own tissue and fat, with the DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap technique considered the ‘gold standard’ and most advanced breast reconstruction method.
Breast reconstruction at the Singelberg Clinic, Belgium
At the Singleberg Clinic, Dr Steven Colpaert and Dr Bert Oelbrandt form a Microvascular Plastic Surgeon team specialising in the DIEP flap breast reconstruction technique. Both have trained in Belgium and in the UK and have performed 600 DIEP or other free flaps breast reconstructions in the last 5 years.
The DIEP flap procedure has a very high success rate at the Singelberg clinic with a success rate of 98%. Microvascular surgery involves the surgical team using a high-power microscope to aid the reconnecting of blood vessels. It requires extensive experience from the plastic surgeon, in addition to a well organised team and special facilities.
Dr Steven Colpaert is the team leader of a dedicated breast cancer unit, with a focus on breast reconstruction with DIEP, SIEA and SGAP flaps as a preferred technique. Latissimus or TRAM flaps are a second option. Dr Oelbrandt focuses on secondary breast augmentation while improving problems like capsular contracture and rippling after a first failed augmentation.
Breast reconstruction in Belgium
The Singleberg Clinic offers DIEP flap breast reconstruction, SIEA flap breast reconstruction and SGAP flap breast reconstruction methods.
Singelberg Clinic: DIEP flap breast reconstruction
DIEP flap breast reconstruction
The DIEP flap breast reconstruction creates a natural looking breast using your own skin and fat from your tummy. Due to advanced microsurgical techniques, this can be accomplished without removing the main abdominal muscle and without breast implants.
Recovery is generally faster and easier, and the risk of further complications such as abdominal hernia’s are greatly reduced. It is seen as a long term solution, compared to breast implants which generally have to be replaced after 10-15 years.
The technique offers a better shape and symmetry, while maintaining consistency, as abdominal tissue is similar to natural breast tissue. Also the technique will also allow the breast to evolve with changes in body weight. Read more about DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
SIEA flap breast reconstruction
Like the DIEP flap, the SIEA (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery) flap completely preserves the abdominal muscles. The main difference between these two procedures is the artery used to supply blood flow to the newly reconstructed breast. From a patient’s perspective, it is not important whether a DIEP or a SIEA will be used, as the surgeon will select the best donor blood vessel (which will be used for the recipient mammary artery and vein). Read more about SIEA flap breast reconstruction.
SGAP flap breast reconstruction
Similar to a DIEP-flap, skin and fat tissue can also be taken from your buttocks, without removal of muscle. Read more about SGAP flap breast reconstruction.
Cosmetic surgery consultations in London
By bringing the consultations to London and the operations to Belgium, the Singelberg Clinic can offer people a more affordable breast reconstructive surgery option, whilst at the same time maintaining a high quality.
All consultations and aftercare/check-ups are done by the plastic surgeon (Dr Oelbrandt) himself. Most patients use Eurostar to go to Brussels, and take a train from there to go to the private Singelberg Clinic, or to the public hospital at Bornem.
The immediate aftercare is done in Belgium. Most people stay 1-3 days in Belgium for the standard procedures, and 7-14 days in Belgium for the complex reconstructions.
Once back in the UK, you will have your check-up in London by one of our surgeons.
There is a 24/7 helpline available for advice and a nurse can be arranged to see you in the UK, every day postoperatively, but usually this is not necessary.
SingelbergClinic and Hotel Chateu
Singelberg Clinic (private clinic), Grote Markt 32 , 9120 Beveren-Waas, Belgium (between Antwerp and Brussels)
Saint – Joseph hospital, 2880 Bornem (public hospital), Belgium (between Antwerp and Brussels)
London address for consultations:
1st Floor (by stairs),
141-142 Fenchurch Street,
Map of clinic
Closest tube stations: Monument, Bank, Tower Hill, Aldgate
Tel UK office London: Tel: 0207 538 2678 (Tahira)
Tel office Belgium: 0032-477 525427
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