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Outcome analysis of breast reconstruction with free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flaps

Published inSchweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, vol. 138, no. 7-8, p. 114-120
Publication date2008
Abstract

With the reduction in breast cancer mortality in recent years the aesthetic outcome after treatment has gained increasing attention. The aim of this study was to assess the outcome quality of our single institution concept of free TRAM flap breast reconstruction with the aim of providing data to assist the patient's decision-making when breast reconstruction is an option. PRINCIPLES/METHODS: Thirty-two consecutive patients receiving immediate (n = 14) or delayed (n = 18) breast reconstruction with free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flaps were included. The selection of patients was based on their own wish and the availability of abdominal tissue, without excluding patients at risk for wound healing complications. Patient data were assessed prospectively and the aesthetic outcome was rated after the final result had been achieved.

Keywords
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Overweight
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectus Abdominis/transplantation
  • Reoperation
  • Smoking/adverse effects
  • Surgical Flaps
  • Time Factors
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Wound Healing
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ZISWILER-GIETZ, Jacqueline et al. Outcome analysis of breast reconstruction with free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flaps. In: Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, 2008, vol. 138, n° 7-8, p. 114–120.
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