A mother is to have her breasts removed then undergo reconstructive surgery – using pig skin. Kelly Cruse is having the pioneering surgery as there is an 87 per cent chance she will develop breast cancer.
The 32-year-old will have a double mastectomy on Wednesday, then doctors will immediately reconstruct her breasts by inserting a pig skin graft – that works like an internal bra – into her bust to hold her implants in place.
She has opted for the procedure, called Strattice Tissue Matrix, as it means she will have just one operation in her life.
Doctors say the results are better as they will not need to take tissue from another part of her body, a painful procedure that leaves multiple scars. The graft, which is stripped of all pig cells so the body does not reject it, will also leave her breasts feeling more flexible and robust, say surgeons.
Mrs Cruse, a world-renowned cat breeder of Plymouth, Devon, is having the surgery for the sake of sons Jamie, eight, and five-year-old Oliver.
She was tested for the hereditary breast cancer gene BRAC2 as her great grandmother, mother and cousin have all battle breast the disease.
‘Waiting for cancer to happen is not an option,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want the usual saline implants because I’ll be in and out of hospital a lot in my life having to have them altered,’ she added.
Source: Metro UK