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The texture and thickness of the capsule is different with every patient.

Should capsular contracture occur, a capsulectomy must be done to remove this casing and restore the breast to a more natural shape.

What happens during a capsulectomy?

A capsulectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. The location of your incision (cut) will depend on your own situation. They will release any scar tissue and remove the capsule and the implant. They will replace the implant with a new one. Your incision(s) will be closed using stitches. A light dressing may be applied.

You may need to stay in hospital overnight.

Going home after capsulectomy

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home.

Your breasts may feel sore and bruised. Be sure and take any pain relief medication as prescribed. You may need to wear a special bra night and day for about 2 weeks after your procedure. Be sure and keep any dressings clean and dry.

You should avoid any strenuous activities until released to return to normal activities by your surgeon. Be sure and discuss any return to work with your surgeon.

It may take several months for scars to fade.

Most people make a good recovery from capsulectomy. As with any surgical procedure there could be complications.

General complications may include:

Specific complications from capsulectomy may include:

  • Loss or reduction of feeling in nipple
  • Inability to breast feed
  • Nerve injury
  • Capsular contracture reoccurs
  • Uneven breast shape (breast asymmetry)
  • Problems with the implants

Why not print this treatment page out so you can discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon?

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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624 488
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 276 591
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Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

01912 816 131
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Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 382551
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

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Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286 991
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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
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Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531 111
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01902 793 269
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