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Evidence-Based Medicine: Breast Reconstruction

Zhong, Toni M.D., M.H.S.; McCarthy, Colleen M. M.D.; Price, Alison N. B.S.; Pusic, Andrea L. M.D., M.H.S.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182a80836

Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Differentiate among the various techniques available to reconstructive breast surgeons. 2. Perform a comprehensive assessment of the breast reconstruction candidate. 3. Gain knowledge about the indications and contraindications for different breast reconstructive procedures. 4. Understand the complications inherent in different reconstructive breast procedures. 5. Summarize the long-term objective and subjective implications of surgery.

Summary: This article was prepared to accompany practice-based assessment with ongoing surgical education for the Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is structured to outline the care of the patient with the postmastectomy breast deformity.

Author Information

Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and New York, N.Y.

From the University of Toronto and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Received for publication August 5, 2012; accepted November 30, 2012.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Andrea L. Pusic, M.D., M.H.S., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10065,

©2013American Society of Plastic Surgeons