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Cost-effective Reconstruction

Cost-effective Reconstruction In addition to some obvious benefits for patients, breast reconstruction performed immediately after mastectomy is substantially less expensive than delayed surgery. In a study of 276 patients who received mastectomies, researchers in Texas compared the cost of breast reconstruction performed immediately with procedures that were performed later. Among 194 patients who had transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps, the cost of delayed surgery was 62.5% higher than for reconstruction performed immediately. Among patients who chose reconstruction with tissue expansion and implants, the cost of delayed surgery was 45.1% higher. Immediate reconstruction is usually more convenient for patients and may be safer because they undergo surgery with general anesthesia only once. Overall, 219 of the patients had immediate reconstruction, and 57 had it later. The economic advantage of immediate reconstruction averaged $11042 per patient, the study showed. Noted Stephen Kroll, MD, professor of plastic surgery at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, an author of the study, which was published in April in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, "This study indicates that mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction is truly more cost-effective." http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Cost-effective Reconstruction

JAMA , Volume 280 (4) – Jul 22, 1998

Cost-effective Reconstruction

Abstract

In addition to some obvious benefits for patients, breast reconstruction performed immediately after mastectomy is substantially less expensive than delayed surgery. In a study of 276 patients who received mastectomies, researchers in Texas compared the cost of breast reconstruction performed immediately with procedures that were performed later. Among 194 patients who had transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps, the cost of delayed surgery was 62.5% higher than for reconstruction...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.280.4.315-JQU80004-6-1
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Abstract

In addition to some obvious benefits for patients, breast reconstruction performed immediately after mastectomy is substantially less expensive than delayed surgery. In a study of 276 patients who received mastectomies, researchers in Texas compared the cost of breast reconstruction performed immediately with procedures that were performed later. Among 194 patients who had transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps, the cost of delayed surgery was 62.5% higher than for reconstruction performed immediately. Among patients who chose reconstruction with tissue expansion and implants, the cost of delayed surgery was 45.1% higher. Immediate reconstruction is usually more convenient for patients and may be safer because they undergo surgery with general anesthesia only once. Overall, 219 of the patients had immediate reconstruction, and 57 had it later. The economic advantage of immediate reconstruction averaged $11042 per patient, the study showed. Noted Stephen Kroll, MD, professor of plastic surgery at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, an author of the study, which was published in April in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, "This study indicates that mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction is truly more cost-effective."

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 22, 1998

Keywords: cost effectiveness,reconstructive surgical procedures

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