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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1985 Aug;76(2):258-69.

A 6-year experience with immediate reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer.


A 6-year retrospective review is presented of 185 patients who underwent immediate reconstruction of the breast at the same operation as mastectomy for carcinoma. The patients were treated at two institutions under similar protocols of patient selection, surgical technique, and postoperative care. A detailed evaluation is presented from both the oncologic and surgical points of view. The data support the conclusion that immediate reconstruction of the breast does not alter survival or cancer recurrence rates and does not interfere with the treatment of primary or secondary disease. A low incidence of significant surgical complications is also detailed. Combined with previous reports answering psychological concerns about this mode and timing of reconstruction, this review offers significant reassurance about the overall safety of immediate reconstruction. The authors therefore recommend immediate reconstruction of the breast as a safe treatment option for the woman facing mastectomy.

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