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The breast care possible: Pacific Radiology


Breast health is important. At Canterbury Breastcare, women and men’s breast healthcare – from diagnosis to recovery – is taken care of under one very supportive roof by specialist health professionals.

 

 

Canterbury Breastcare is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment to offer full-field digital mammography.
Home of national breast screening programme, Screen South, Breastcare also administers the Canterbury DHB’s diagnostic imaging, as well as providing a private service.

THE TEAM
The multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, breast nurse specialists and mammographers can diagnose and provide treatment options like surgery or on-going surveillance and clinical management.
Canterbury Breastcare has four very experienced surgeons who specialise in breast surgery and are available to diagnose and treat a wide range of breast diseases, including breast cancer. Six breast nurse specialists work closely with consultants to offer outstanding patient care, including information regarding treatments, practical advice, psychological support, coordinating care pathways and being a pivotal point of contact for patients and their whānau.

SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS
Two yearly mammograms are provided by Screen South free of charge, for women aged between 45- and 69-years-old.
If you have noticed any changes in your breasts see your GP before attending a screening mammogram.
When you turn 45-years-old you should have been invited through your GP to enrol in this programme. You can also enrol by calling 0800 270 200.
If you are younger than 45-years-old or older than 69-years-old, and haven’t observed changes to your breast, you can book a self-funded service.

HOW TO GET HELP 
If you notice any changes in your breasts, or have a family history of breast cancer, see your GP. Your GP can refer you to Canterbury Breastcare for breast imaging and surgical consultation. Some of these services are funded by public health services and private health insurance. Self-funded options are available too.


 

An alternative to breast reduction: encore cosmetic clinic


Once upon a time there was only one way to reduce breast size. It involved a surgical procedure which could include a significant recovery period and possible complications. Only a small proportion of procedures were able to be carried out within the public system.

 

 

 

Fortunately, an alternative approach is now available right here in Christchurch.

The really excellent news is that Dr Grant Bellaney, founder of the Encoré Cosmetic Clinic performs a breast reduction procedure called tumescent liposuction, with extremely good results.

“If breast reduction is on your wish-list, please do come and see me for a consultation,” says Dr Bellaney, “Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40-60 percent fat, so the removal of fat can give a significant reduction in breast size.”

Breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney who are skin and fat specialists, since the 1980s and it has an outstanding safety record.

“The technique has huge advantages over the surgical form of breast reduction (called mammoplasty).

It is a form of ‘keyhole surgery’ so results in little or no scarring as the small incisions done during the procedure heal very quickly, usually without needing sutures.

It is simpler and less painful than mammoplasty and the recovery time is far quicker,” Dr Bellaney says.

It is also safer because it is performed under tumescent anaesthetic, which has fewer risks than surgery under general anaesthetic.

There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10-25 percent of patients can experience a permanent loss of sensitivity around the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards.

With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent.

“It’s a day procedure, so women can go home afterwards and are usually back to their regular routine within a few days.”

The only specialist in the South Island performing this technique, Dr Bellaney has successfully performed the procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years. Phone the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, 03 356 0214 or visit the website.


 

Breast reduction alternative


Although a large bra size can be portrayed as desirable, the reality for many women is that large breasts can cause physical and emotional discomfort. Carrying the extra weight can result in back, neck or shoulder pain and can limit physical activities. Some women also experience feelings of self-consciousness and struggle to find well-fitting clothes.

 

Dr Grant Bellaney

The good news is Dr Grant Bellaney, founder of the Encoré Cosmetic Clinic, offers women an alternative to traditional breast reduction surgery, with extremely good results.

“Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40 to 60 percent fat, so the removal of some of that fat through a procedure called tumescent liposuction can give a significant reduction in breast size,” he says.

While traditional breast reduction surgery is carried out by plastic or general surgeons, breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney, who are skin and fat specialists.

The procedure was first used in the 1980s and has an outstanding safety record.

“The procedure also has huge advantages over traditional surgery. It is a form of ‘keyhole surgery’ so results in little or no scarring as the small incisions the procedure is done through heal very quickly, usually without needing sutures. It is simpler and less painful than surgery and the recovery time is far quicker,” Dr Bellaney says.

It is also safer because it is performed under tumescent anaesthetic, which has fewer risks than surgery that is carried out under general anaesthetic.

There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10 to 25 percent of patients can experience a loss of sensitivity around the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards.

With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent.

“It’s a day procedure, so women can go home afterwards and are usually back to their regular routine within a few days.”

Dr Bellaney is the only specialist in the South Island performing this technique and has successfully performed this procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years.

Phone the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, 03 356 0214 or visit the website