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Eplasty. 2012;12:e22. Epub 2012 May 4.

Patient satisfaction and surgeon experience: a follow-up to the reduction mammaplasty learning curve study.



While it is known that increasing surgeon experience is correlated with improved efficiency and safety in the reduction mammaplasty procedure, it is unclear whether these improvements lead to an erosion in patient satisfaction.


The authors distributed the Breast-Q questionnaire to all patients who underwent bilateral reduction mammaplasty at their institution between 1995 and 2007. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to assess the relationship between postoperative patient satisfaction scores and surgeon experience, as well as to characterize those patients with particularly high or low satisfaction scores, in general.


A total of 279 (26.1%) completed surveys were analyzed. No statistically significant erosion in either Satisfaction with Breasts (SWB) or Satisfaction with Outcomes (SWO) scores were witnessed with increasing surgeon experience or efficiency. Patients older than 40 years demonstrated significantly higher SWB scores than younger patients (P = .004), while patients who suffered postoperative soft tissue necrosis demonstrated significantly lower SWB (P = .003) and SWO (P = .010) scores.


Gains in operative efficiency with increasing surgeon experience do not appear to come at the expense of patient satisfaction in the reduction mammaplasty procedure. Younger patients and those who experience postoperative soft tissue necrosis appear to be at higher risk for reporting lower postoperative patient satisfaction scores.

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