Millions in grant funding for breast reconstruction research

Maastricht UMC + is taking the lead in the research into the effectiveness and safety of lipomodelling, a reconstruction technique that is applied to the breast after breast cancer.

Nine other Dutch hospitals are also involved in the study, for which more than six million euros in subsidies have been made available by the Ministerie van Volksgezondheid Welzijn en Sport (Ministry of Health, Wellbeing and Sport). The study, which starts mid-2020, involves a total of 350 women.

Prof. Dr. René van der Hulst, head of plastic surgery at Maastricht UMC+, is pleased that the research will be continued and that a full breast reconstruction with lipomodelling will be made available to more women: "For women with breast cancer, being able to choose from several breast reconstruction methods is very important. Not every method is suitable for everyone and not every woman wants breast implants."

Lipomodelling is a technique whereby fat cells are removed from a certain place in the body, somewhere where enough fat is available, and finally placed at the site of reconstruction. Lipomodelling is not usually done until the reconstructed breasts have fully healed. This usually takes about 6–12 months.