Breast Reconstruction Centre Area


There are two clinics associated with the Breast Restoration Program:

Princess Margaret Cancer Center​ (Directions)​​2nd Floor, M. Lau Breast Centre

Toronto General Hospital (Directions) ​7th Floor, Plastics Clinic​​​

What We Do

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​The Breast Reconstruction Centre provides surgical breast reconstruction options to people who have had a mastectomy or are considering one. See also: Breast Site Group at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre »​​​​

How to Get Referred

You need a referral from your doctor to become a patient at the UHN Breast Reconstruction Centre.

When making a referral, your doctor will include:
  • A letter of referral
  • A reason for referral
  • Latest dictated clinical note or summary of the patient’s relevant medical issue
  • Please indicate clearly if patient has already had mastectomy and is seeking delayed breast reconstruction or immediate breast reconstruction with mastectomy.

How Long Does a Referral Take?

The referring doctor's ​office will call you with the appointment information. The referring doctor's office is responsible for providing the patient with the appointment information, including time and location, and important documents, test results and imaging that they must bring.

Patients with DCIS or breast cancer for immediate reconstruction are booked for appointment within 2 (two) weeks. BRCA positive for immediate reconstruction or delayed reconstruction will need to wait longer.

Note – we do our best to accommodate upon Surgeon availability.

Referral Information for Physicians

For complete referral instructions, read the guide for referring physicians.​

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          Before Surgery


          Before your surgery you may have a virtual pre-admission phone call. You will speak to the pre-admission nurse. Your nurse will review your health history.

          Note: Please have the list of your medication(s) ready to review with the nurse or pharmacist. If you are seeing other specialists for your heart or lungs, please bring your recent progress notes. If you are taking anti-coagulants (blood thinners) or aspirin regularly or Tamoxifen, please talk to your doctor. You will likely be asked to stop taking these medications for a few days before the surgery.

          You may have some of the following tests done to prepare for your surgery:

          • Blood work
          • An Electrocardiogram (ECG)
          • Chest X-Ray
          • An abdomen CT for DIEP reconstruction

          If you are having a DIEP flap breast reconstruction, a technologist will do a special CT scan on your abdomen. This CT scan will produce a picture of the blood vessels under the skin. The picture can help your surgeon during the operation.

          Learn more about what you can do before surgery.​

          The Day of Your Surgery

          What to bring when you come for surgery
          Checking in
          Before the operation
          In the operating room
          After the operation
          Changes to the time of your surgery

          After Surgery

          Caring for the incision site
          Nipple reconstruction care
          Clothing to wear after surgery

          The Team

          ​Treating and caring for people with cancer takes a well-coordinated team. Your team at the Breast Reconstruction Centre includes world-class health care professionals working together for you and with you. Your team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians, volunteers and many others dedicated to helping you and your family.



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          Last reviewed: 10/11/2022
          Last modified: 1/30/2024 3:34 AM
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