Thanks to the unwavering support and fundraising endeavours of two local charities, including the Trust’s very own MY Hospitals Charity, patients at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust are now reaping the rewards of a cutting-edge piece of specialist equipment that significantly enhances breast reconstruction surgery.

One such beneficiary is Lindsay Rowe, who recently expressed her gratitude towards the surgical team responsible for her procedure, stating she is “very grateful” for the surgery she underwent. Lindsay underwent a free flap procedure at Pinderfields Hospital, where surgeons chose to utilize the state-of-the-art equipment for the first time.

In the initial bout against cancer in July 2019, Lindsay underwent a mastectomy and received a breast implant. However, complications arose as the implant was encapsulated, prompting Lindsay to opt for free flap breast reconstruction surgery.

Encapsulation of a breast implant occurs when a thick capsule of scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it to harden. Surgeons employed a generously donated specialist piece of equipment, known as an ICG machine, to monitor the blood flow in Lindsay’s skin and identify the healthiest tissue for the breast reconstruction.

Lindsay said: “I’m happy with the results and to be the first patient operated on using the new charity funded equipment is brilliant. I’m very grateful to everyone who cared for me.”

None of this would have been possible without the kind donations of local people and businesses to MY Hospitals Charity and Dr Jackson’s Cancer Fund.

She added: “I’m thankful to everyone who helped raise funds and donated to such a wonderful cause. This will change people’s lives forever.”

The surgical procedure was conducted by the plastic surgery breast microsurgery team, spearheaded by Mr. Will Holmes and Nikos Lymperopoulos.

Will said: “I’m glad Lindsay’s surgery went well, and that she’s pleased with the results. This equipment really improves patient outcomes for free flap breast reconstruction surgery, and I’d like to say thank you to the charities for fundraising and for everyone’s donations.”

The advantages of utilizing an ICG machine for free flap breast reconstruction surgery are manifold, including reduced unplanned readmission rates, the ability to undertake a more personalized breast reconstruction, and a minimized delay in further therapy.