Isabella Karat joined Frimley Park Hospital and the Breast Practice team with a strong background in Oncoplastic and Reconstructive breast surgery. She brings previous experience from plastic surgery and a highly competitive National Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. These skills enable her to minimise the cosmetic impact of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction and to preserve breast aesthetics wherever possible.
Advanced surgical skills include: immediate and delayed breast reconstruction including the use of a dermal matrix (Strattice ®, Surgimend®), Latissimus dorsi flaps, implant-based reconstruction. Fat transfer/lipofilling to restore post-surgical volume loss, cosmetic breast surgery, breast asymmetry, augmentation, breast reduction, therapeutic mammoplasty, and complex revisional procedures. Male breast overgrowth (gyneacomastia).
She also has a strong interest in family history assessment and in risk-reducing surgery. This includes surveillance for those deemed to be at elevated risk, and surgery for those confirmed with a gene mutation.
Isabella teaches on Core, Intermediate and Advanced Breast Skills courses at the Royal College of Surgeons, and is an Honorary Lecturer and Course Tutor on the new national MS Degree in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. She enjoys teaching and is dedicated to training ‘state-of-the-art’ breast surgery skills. She has organised a number of regional and national study days in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery which.
Isabella’s research into sentinel node biopsy and the ALMANAC Trial at Guildford was published and presented internationally.
Isabella brings a female perspective to the surgical management of both benign and malignant breast disease. She empathises with the needs of modern women and seeks to provide care in an efficient, open and approachable style.
She would be more than happy to discuss ANY breast related problem in a relaxed setting and can be flexible with appointment times to suit the busiest of women and men.