Mrs Isabella Karat

Consultant Breast Surgeon
MB ChB FRCS (gen.Surg)

Practising at

Spire Clare Park Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Isabella Karat at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I joined Frimley Park Hospital and the Breast Practice team with a strong background in Oncoplastic and Reconstructive breast surgery. I bring previous experience from plastic surgery and a highly competitive National Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. These skills enable me 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).

I also have 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. I teaches on Core, Intermediate and Advanced Breast Skills courses at the Royal College of Surgeons, and am an Honorary Lecturer and Course Tutor on the new national MS Degree in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

I enjoy teaching and am dedicated to training a state-of-the-art breast surgery skills. I have organised a number of regional and national study days in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. My research into sentinel node biopsy and the ALMANAC Trial at Guildford was published and presented internationally. I bring a female perspective to the surgical management of both benign and malignant breast disease. I empathise with the needs of modern women and seek to provide care in an efficient, open and approachable style. I 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.

Clinical Interests

Breast care
Benign breast problems
Breast cancer
Aesthetic dermatology
Dermatological surgery
Skin cancer
Breast surgery
Breast cancer
Breast disease
Breast surgery
Cosmetic breast surgery
Dermatological surgery
Reconstructive surgery
Skin cancer
Breast imaging

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Association of Breast Surgeons (ABS)
British Association of Surgical Oncologists (BASO)
Association of Surgeons of GB & Ireland (ASGBI)
General Medical Council
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Medical Protection Society
British Medical Association

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Current NHS posts

Frimley Park Hospital

Honorary Lecturer - University of East Anglia

Course Tutor - Masters Degree in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

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Personal Profile

I love cooking, gardening and hunting for bargains at antiques markets. Spending time with my husband, family and friends is very important to me, I try to spend as much of my free time as possible in their company.

Having recently moved to the local area from London, I look forward to getting to know the local community and contributing towards events whenever possible.

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Private contact details

Telephone Self-funding: 01252 895 490
Private secretary Christine
Private secretary telephone 01276 526 570