29 January 2015
A new study has found that older women who undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy experience no increased overall risk of complications.
The research, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has found that older patients should be reassured about their level of risk, compared to younger patients, for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
Using a national surgery database, the team identified nearly 41,100 women who had unilateral mastectomy between 2005 and 2012. Of these, around 11,800 patients underwent breast reconstruction and women over the age of 65 were less likely to have breast reconstruction. The study found that just 10.8 per cent of females in this demographic had the procedure, compared to 39.5 per cent for younger women.
Compared to mastectomy only, women who had breast reconstruction experienced more complications, such as additional surgeries or a longer hospital stay. The complication rate after breast reconstruction was 6.8 per cent for older women and 5.2 per cent for younger women.
The overall risk of complications did not differ significantly between age groups, after adjustment for other factors.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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