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Eur J Surg Oncol. 2000 Feb;26(1):17-9.

The psychological impact of immediate rather than delayed breast reconstruction.

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Professorial Unit of Surgery, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

AIMS:

A retrospective analysis of the psychological advantages of immediate reconstruction (IR) against delayed reconstruction (DR).

METHODS:

A total of 121 patients who underwent different types of breast reconstruction were seen in the follow-up clinic and assessed for: anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, sexuality and satisfaction.

RESULTS:

Ninety-five percent of the patients who had IR preferred this technique and 76% of the DR group would have preferred IR. Anxiety and depression were decreased and body image, self-esteem and sexual feeling of attractiveness and satisfaction were significantly superior in the IR group compared with that of the DR group.

CONCLUSION:

Patients who had immediate reconstruction recalled less distress and had better psychosocial well being than those who had delayed reconstruction.

PMID:
10718173
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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