Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy: what are the long-term prospects?

JE Rusby, RA Waters, Peter Nightingale, David England

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INTRODUCTION Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy has known psychological and financial advantages but it is difficult to compare the outcome of various methods of reconstruction. Re-operation rates are an objective measure of surgical intervention required to attain and maintain acceptable cosmesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS A series of 95 patients (110 immediate reconstructions) was analysed for number of re-operations required within 5 years of initial surgery, magnitude of procedures, 'survival' of the reconstruction and effect of radiotherapy. RESULTS Although more intervention was seen in patients with implant-based reconstruction and the time-course over which autologous and implant-based reconstructions fail is different these did not reach statistical significance. Radiotherapy has a significant effect on failure of implant-based reconstruction. CONCLUSIONS Long-term, large studies of immediate reconstruction are required to assess adequately the impact of type of reconstruction on re-operation rates. The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit is ideally placed to provide answers to remaining questions about longevity of immediate breast reconstruction and the effect that late failure has on patient satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-7
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


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