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Coll Antropol. 2012 Sep;36(3):835-9.

Immediate breast reconstruction in relation to women's age.

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  • 1University of Zagreb, Dubrava University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Zagreb, Croatia. mzidak@kbd.hr

Abstract

A modern approach to breast cancer treatment after mastectomy includes immediate breast reconstruction (performed simultaneously with the mastectomy). The understanding of factors that influence women's decisions and appreciation of their satisfaction is as important as the knowledge of medical efficiency of the selected treatment. The influence of women's age on opinion making for immediate breast reconstruction was researched in a monocentric prospective study (N = 102). Methods included questionnaires, interviews and medical documentation reviews. Women comply breast reconstruction with silicone implants and autologous tissue equally. Analyzing age distribution it is evident that women age 35-50 and older than 65 would agree to reconstruction with silicone implants more often. This can be explained by the fact that younger women expect to have better shaped breasts after reconstruction then prior to the same, while older women tend to avoid breast reconstruction using muscle flaps because they are more demanding and also require longer hospitalization.

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