Radiotherapy is used commonly in the treatment of breast cancer but can damage the surrounding tissues. For patients who have had implant-based breast reconstruction, this may result in tissue breakdown with exposure of the prosthesis. We present two cases in which an implant has become exposed following radiation therapy and been successfully salvaged with local fasciocutaneous flaps. The patients were aged 50 and 59 and had excellent results after at least 24-months follow-up. We aim to show that in selected patients local flaps remain a useful option in implant salvage in the irradiated breast. Level of Evidence: Level V, therapeutic study.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 1, 2013
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