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MOC-PS(SM) CME Article: Breast Reconstruction

Sigurdson, Leif M.D., M.Sc., M.B.A.; Lalonde, Donald H. M.D., M.Sc.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: January 2008 - Volume 121 - Issue 1S - p 1-12
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000294668.32874.18
CME/Moc: Comprehensive

Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand 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 to different reconstructive breast procedures.

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.

The Maintenance of Certification module series is designed to help the clinician structure his or her study in specific areas appropriate to his or her clinical practice. This article is prepared to accompany practice-based assessment of preoperative assessment, anesthesia, surgical treatment plan, perioperative management, and outcomes. In this format, the clinician is invited to compare his or her methods of patient assessment and treatment, outcomes, and complications with authoritative, information-based references.

This information base is then used for self-assessment and benchmarking in parts II and IV of the Maintenance of Certification process of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This article is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject. Rather, it is designed to serve as a reference point for further in-depth study by review of the reference articles presented.


Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Dalhousie University.

Received for publication July 2, 2006; accepted November 1, 2006.

Disclosure: Neither author has a financial interest in any of the products, devices, or drugs mentioned in this article.

The text for the MOC-PS–aligned CME article “Breast Reconstruction” by Sigurdson and Lalonde is available at

Leif Sigurdson, M.D., M.Sc., M.B.A., Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, 4437-1796 Summer Street, New Halifax Infirmary, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3A7, Canada,

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