What overall patient satisfaction has been reported following a unipedicled TRAM breast reconstruction procedure?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021
  • Author: Michael R Zenn, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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A study by Schwitzer et al found that overall patient satisfaction with unilateral breast reconstruction was greater on the Breast-Q scales up to 3 years postoperatively among patients who underwent pedicled TRAM flap surgery than it was among those who underwent either muscle-sparing TRAM or DIEP flap surgery. However, satisfaction equalized for the three procedures 3 years or more postoperatively, with the pedicled TRAM flap patients displaying higher scores on the Breast-Q scales with regard to Satisfaction with Breasts and Physical Well-being Chest and Upper Body, and the free-flap patients showing higher scores on Satisfaction with Outcome and Physical Well-being Abdomen and Trunk. The study included 138 patients. [10]


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