Navigation Links
98% of Elective Mastectomy Patients Would Have Reconstruction Again, Says ASPS Study
Date:7/7/2008

Satisfaction Rate 94% - 100%

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women who have breast reconstruction after an elective mastectomy are satisfied with their decision, have low complication rates and 98 percent would do it again, reports a study in July's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(R), the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In addition, breast reconstruction after preventive mastectomy was as safe as or safer than reconstruction in women with breast cancer and had excellent cosmetic results.

"Breast cancer is a terrible diagnosis and decisions regarding treatment are never easy. This study shows that women with cancer in one breast who choose to have their other breast removed as a preventive measure are happy with their decision and a high percentage would do it again," said Scott Spear, MD, study co-author and past ASPS president. "More remarkable is the 100 percent satisfaction level, as well as the 100 percent willingness to have breast reconstruction again, for the women who chose to have both breasts removed."

The study examined 74 women who had preventive mastectomies and subsequent breast reconstruction between 2000 and 2005. Forty-seven patients had breast cancer in one breast and elected to surgically remove their other breast (unilateral prophylactic mastectomy). Twenty-seven patients did not have breast cancer, but chose to surgically remove both breasts due to a high-risk of developing breast cancer (bilateral prophylactic mastectomy). The cosmetic outcome was scored by 14 surgeons who looked at post-reconstruction photos and evaluated the result on a 1 to 4 scale (4 being an "excellent" result).

The study found that women who had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy were 100 percent satisfied with their breast reconstruction and 100 percent of them would have the surgery again. Ninety-four percent of women who had unilateral prophylactic mastectomy were satisfied with their reconstruction and 96 percent of them would have reconstruction again.

The complication rate for reconstruction in women who had bilateral prophylactic mastectomy was 3 percent and 10 percent for those who had unilateral prophylactic mastectomy. Additionally, the study noted the cosmetic assessment for all patients was a score of 3 out of 4.

"These women look and feel the same or better and their risk of cancer has been taken off the table," said Dr. Spear. "For women who know they are at risk, this option gives them the opportunity to be active about their health and appearance rather than reactive. They can have excellent cosmetic results, low surgical risk and a high level of satisfaction with their breast reconstruction. This is empowering for women."

According to ASPS statistics, more than 57,000 breast reconstructions were performed in 2007, up 2 percent since 2006.

Visit http://www.plasticsurgery.org for referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons and to learn more about cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 90 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 98 percent of elective mastectomy patients would have reconstruction again, says ASPS study
2. UltraShape(R) Commences Pivotal Study for First Non-Invasive Fat Reduction and Body Contouring Device Using Non-Thermal Selective Focused Ultrasound
3. Selective Insurance Group Announces Officer Appointments
4. Black Men Less Likely to Choose Elective Stomach Aorta Surgery
5. Selective Insurance Group Announces Officer Appointments
6. Tumor-killing virus selectively targets diseased brain cells
7. Moving beyond tamoxifen: Drug discovery and the future of selective hormone receptor modulators
8. CSHL scientists make progress in determining how the brain selectively interprets sound
9. Elective Caesareans Raise Risk of Breathing Problems in Newborns
10. Selective Insurance Group Announces Officer Appointments
11. SGX Pharmaceuticals Submits Investigational New Drug Application for SGX523, a Highly Potent, Selective, Orally Bioavailable cMET Inhibitor
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Warren L. Smith M.D. , There is a new tool in ... since the beginning of recorded medical history, and in spite of all the antibiotics ... a matter of inconvenience; bladder infections cost us billions of dollars annually in lost ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... DESCO Medical Service, ... Sterilizer, an equipment sterilization service and sales company located in Pennsylvania. The terms ... research-related equipment and asset management services to the medical and academic research industries. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... provider, certified that their Vasont Universal Integrator (VUI) extension supports the latest release ... release of Adobe FrameMaker 2015 interlace the process of creating, editing and storing ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Barbara ... She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the ... over 200 operating Local Chapters. , “I’m pleased to welcome Barbara into this exceptional ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Today at its Annual Technology ... D. Pulido, R.Ph., Co-Founder of NCPDP and member of the NCPDP Foundation Board ... IT Specialist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). NCPDP’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... 154 pages, profiling 09 key companies and supported ... professional and in-depth study on the current state ... overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications ... analysis is provided for the international market including ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Outlook 2020" report to their offering. ... has improved significantly in past years due to which ... years. Many cancer drugs have been developed by utilization ... expected to be developed with its help. They are ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... -- As a teenager, an active and athletic Randy ... heart. He continued enjoying sports and recreation throughout his ... was giving out and he was a few hours ... Mesa, Arizona resident received a ... transplant, the SynCardia TAH-t is the only approved device ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: