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Perspective on reconstruction after mastectomy
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Carmen Baker، نويسنده , , Nathalie Johnson، نويسنده , , Joanne Nelson، نويسنده , , Louis Homer، نويسنده , , Deb Walts، نويسنده , , Kathleen Waldorf، نويسنده , , Karen Boardman، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2002
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Background: We sought to evaluate the factors influencing our patients to receive or forego reconstruction after mastectomy and their subsequent satisfaction with their decision. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 819 patients who underwent mastectomy from 1994 to 1998 in a community-based health system. Results: Response rate was 50% (408 of 819). Overall, 92% (n = 243) of women who did not have reconstruction and 89% (n = 152) of women who did proceed with reconstruction were happy with their decision. Fifty-five (17%) respondents were not offered reconstruction. For this group, age was a significant factor as 64% of them were 60 years or older (P < 0.0001). Dissatisfied patients were disappointed with their cosmetic, sensory, or functional outcome. Their result did not meet their expectations. There were no significant differences noted on the basis of marital status. Conclusion: Ninety percent of patients adjust well to mastectomy whether or not they receive reconstruction if they make informed decisions with realistic expectations. Surgeons should offer reconstruction to women of all ages although patients over 60 years old are less likely to proceed with and complete reconstruction.
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age , reconstruction , Mastectomy
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The American Journal of Surgery
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