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Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plastica:
doi: 20130100.0-00010
Original Article

The impact of breast reconstruction on the quality of life of patients after mastectomy at the Plastic Surgery Service of Walter Cantídio University Hospital

Paredes, Carolina Garzon1; de Pinho Pessoa, Salustiano Gomes2; Peixoto, Diego Tomaz Teles3; de Amorim, Dayanne Nogueira3; Araújo, Jéssica Silveira3; Barreto, Paulo Roberto Araujo3

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Abstract

Introduction:: The aim of breast reconstruction is to restore body contour and improve the patient's self-image by replacing the volume loss and ensuring proper symmetry with the contralateral breast. This study evaluated the quality of life and physical, psychological, and social aspects of patients who underwent mastectomy and immediate or delayed breast reconstruction.

Methods:: Twenty-seven patients underwent breast reconstruction at Walter Cantídio University Hospital between August 2007 and August 2012. The World Health Organization Quality of Life survey was used to conduct a cross-sectional study to evaluate patient quality of life.

Results:: The patients positively evaluated their quality of life. A score of 4 (good) and 5 (very good) was assigned by 41% and 33% of women, respectively, to the question “How would you rate your quality of life?” Among the patients, 81% underwent immediate reconstruction and most (45%) assigned a score of 4 (good) to the question “How would you evaluate your quality of life?” A total of 60% of patients who underwent delayed reconstruction attributed a score of 5 (very good) to this question.

Conclusions:: These results demonstrate that breast reconstruction after mastectomy results in good or very good quality of life and is associated with physical, psychological, and social benefits.

© 2013 Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Plastica

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