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Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy for Carcinoma

Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy for Carcinoma This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Although reconstruction of the breast after mastectomy has been attempted since Czerny's original report of 1895, only recently has the procedure gained significant acceptance from both patients and physicians. Responsible for this change of attitude have been several factors, medical, sociological, and technological. Fewer radical procedures are being performed for cancer of the breast, thereby facilitating reconstruction. Furthermore, in a favorable lesion, present techniques of irradiation generally spare tissue sufficiently to permit breast rebuilding. Also, so characteristic of our post-Freudian era is the recognition that emotions are real and deserve expression, even those relating to intimate parts of the body. In contrast to the Victorian times, for example, it is not now unusual for a female patient to tell her doctor her feelings of loss, anger, anguish, and, perhaps, sexual inadequacy arising from her missing breast. The development of the silicone prosthesis has been a noteworthy technical advance, though admittedly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy for Carcinoma

Archives of Surgery , Volume 112 (12) – Dec 1, 1977

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1977 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370120095015
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Although reconstruction of the breast after mastectomy has been attempted since Czerny's original report of 1895, only recently has the procedure gained significant acceptance from both patients and physicians. Responsible for this change of attitude have been several factors, medical, sociological, and technological. Fewer radical procedures are being performed for cancer of the breast, thereby facilitating reconstruction. Furthermore, in a favorable lesion, present techniques of irradiation generally spare tissue sufficiently to permit breast rebuilding. Also, so characteristic of our post-Freudian era is the recognition that emotions are real and deserve expression, even those relating to intimate parts of the body. In contrast to the Victorian times, for example, it is not now unusual for a female patient to tell her doctor her feelings of loss, anger, anguish, and, perhaps, sexual inadequacy arising from her missing breast. The development of the silicone prosthesis has been a noteworthy technical advance, though admittedly

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1977

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