Current developments in autologous breast reconstruction

Current developments in autologous breast reconstruction Eur J Plast Surg (2005) 28: 226–232 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0746-y ORIGINAL PAPER Phillip N. Blondeel Æ Rozina Ali Æ Veronique Cocquyt Herman Depypere Æ Stan Monstrey Æ Nathalie Roche Koenraad Van Landuyt Æ Moustapha Hamdi Received: 16 September 2004 / Accepted: 11 January 2005 / Published online: 21 June 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 Keywords Breast reconstruction Æ Perforator flaps Æ provision of information to breast-cancer patients Autologous tissue Æ Breast conservative surgery compulsory by federal law is the United States. In many other developed countries, insufficient information is provided to potential breast reconstruction candidates, either out of ignorance or due to the fact that breast reconstruction is regarded as superfluous. It is becoming Introduction increasingly apparent that approximately half of breast- cancer patients wish to consider breast reconstruction Ablative surgery following breast cancer is the most following ablative surgery [5]. common indication for partial or total breast recon- Although a number of patients do not wish to un- struction. Patients confronted with developmental dergo breast reconstruction, knowledge regarding the alterations, congenital malformations and breast defor- feasibility and availability of various reconstructive op- mities following trauma or infection can also benefit tions provides the patient with an important psycho- from the reconstructive European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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