Welcome to the Website of Breast Surgeon Mr Richard Johnson
Consultant Oncoplastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Breast Surgeon
MB.ChB (Manc) BSc (Hons) FRCS (Sub specialty Breast Surgery) Qualified in 1997
Richard is a well trained Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon who specialises in reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. He was awarded a national breast fellowship towards the end of his postgraduate training (only 9 are available in the UK). Richard also has an interest in Cosmetic Breast Surgery including breast augmentation, breast uplift, breast reduction and challenging cosmetic revision procedures. Richard’s aim is to provide a high quality, comprehensive Breast service where the patient is very much involved in the decision making process.
After completing a science degree in molecular biology, Richard read medicine at Manchester University where he qualified in 1997. Richard states:
“My intention from an early stage was to pursue a career in Breast Surgery. I took basic and higher surgical training in the North West and was trained to a high standard in all aspects of breast surgery, in particular breast cancer management.”
“My training focused on breast implant reconstruction, latissimus dorsi reconstruction (using muscle from the back) as well as breast augmentation, reduction and breast uplifts. I also became familiar with new techniques e.g. fat transfer to the breast (for defects after lumpectomy) and the use of acellular dermal matrix e.g.strattice (aids cosmetic appearance of implant based reconstruction).”
Richard is currently a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the Nightingale Breast and Genesis Prevention Centre at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust in Wythenshawe. This is the largest breast screening unit in the UK and treats approximately 750 cancers per year and is a recognised referral centre for complex breast reconstruction surgery.
However, training time has shortened and in order to equip the next generation of Surgeons with the necessary quality skills there will have to be a huge effort by Trainers to deliver competent surgeons fit for practice. Richard is a national expert in implant based breast surgery both in the reconstruction and aesthetic disciplines. He has and continues to educate Surgical colleagues nationally and internationally on the use of dermal matrix assissted Breast reconstruction. He has co-authored UK guidelines in implant based reconstruction. The Nightingale Breast unit is a national training centre for the surgical management of Breast Cancer and is responsible for training Surgeons to a very high standard
Breast Surgery including:
- Lumpectomy and breast reshaping for breast cancer and DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ)
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Implant based and Latissimus Dorsi reconstruction
- Removal of benign breast lumps
- Breast Enlargement including implant revision surgery
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
- Nipple reconstruction
- Nipple eversion surgery
Special Clinical and Research Interests
All aspects of breast cancer surgery and cosmetic breast surgery including:
- Lumpectomy with re-shaping of the breast (using oncoplastic techniques)
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Breast Reconstruction Surgery, using acellular dermal matrix and implants
- Benefits of Fat Transfer*
- Revision of complex cosmetic breast surgery problems
*Fat transfer to breast defects also known as ‘lipo-remodelling’ (involves taking fat from the abdomen and transferring it to the breast to help repair defects caused by previous breast cancer surgery)
Current Memberships and Personal Life
- Royal College of Surgeons in England
- Association of Breast Surgeons
I live in Macclesfield with my wife and children and I am very interested in sport. I play cricket and golf. My hobbies are fishing, sailing, photography and skiing (both on water and snow). I also play the acoustic guitar to unwind.
Richard was the only Breast disease Consultant outside of the South East to be chosen for Tatler’s Doctors Guide 2013. This prestigious publication features those consultants that other clinicians would refer their own family members to.
Mr Johnson works as an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon (carrying out cancer surgery and reconstruction at the same time) at the Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre in Manchester, the largest breast- screening unit in the UK. He also specialises in fat transfer from the stomach to the breast, to even things out after a lumpectomy. To unwind, he plays guitar and watches cricket.
– Tatler Doctors Guide 2013
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