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More breast cancer patients choosing to undergo mastectomy, finds Vanderbilt study

More breast cancer patients choosing to undergo mastectomy, finds Vanderbilt study

Far more breast cancer patients are choosing to undergo mastectomy, including removal of both breasts, instead of choosing breast conservation surgery even when they have early stage disease that is confined to one breast, a Vanderbilt study shows. In the past decade, there have also been marked trends toward higher proportions of women opting for breast reconstruction. [More]
Cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function may contribute to migraine headaches

Cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function may contribute to migraine headaches

A new study shows cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function that may contribute to the development of migraine headaches, reports the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
AirXpanders' AeroForm expander shows superior outcomes in patients undergoing breast reconstruction

AirXpanders' AeroForm expander shows superior outcomes in patients undergoing breast reconstruction

The latest interim data from XPAND, AirXpanders Inc.’s U.S.-based, head-to-head pivotal study of its new, needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expansion system for mastectomy patients undergoing breast reconstruction, continue to show superior outcomes compared to traditional saline expanders including dramatically shorter expansion times, according to updated clinical data results presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. [More]
FVI equation predicts blood flow for DIEP reconstruction

FVI equation predicts blood flow for DIEP reconstruction

For women undergoing breast reconstruction using the advanced "DIEP" technique, a simple formula can reliably tell whether there will be sufficient blood flow to nourish the DIEP flap, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
SARMS tool assesses development of robotic microsurgery skills

SARMS tool assesses development of robotic microsurgery skills

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
Decision analysis techniques can help women sort through breast reconstruction options

Decision analysis techniques can help women sort through breast reconstruction options

Decision analysis techniques can help surgeons and patients evaluate alternatives for breast reconstruction-leading to a "good decision" that reflects the woman's preferences and values, according to an article in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. [More]
Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast implant products. [More]
African American women are 55% less likely to receive breast reconstruction after mastectomy

African American women are 55% less likely to receive breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Dartmouth researchers have found that African American women are 55 percent less likely to receive breast reconstruction after mastectomy regardless of where they received their care. [More]
Current guidelines are more detailed regarding DMP for people with breast cancer

Current guidelines are more detailed regarding DMP for people with breast cancer

The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) published the results of a literature search for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of people with breast cancer. [More]
Double mastectomies are unnecessary in women with breast cancer, says study

Double mastectomies are unnecessary in women with breast cancer, says study

About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast, new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds [More]
New approach to breast reconstruction surgery decreases use of postoperative opioid painkiller

New approach to breast reconstruction surgery decreases use of postoperative opioid painkiller

A new approach to breast reconstruction surgery aimed at helping patients' bodies get back to normal more quickly cut their postoperative opioid painkiller use in half and meant a day less in the hospital on average, a Mayo Clinic study found. [More]
Majority of women who undergo mastectomy go on to get breast reconstruction

Majority of women who undergo mastectomy go on to get breast reconstruction

A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time. [More]
Study shows benefit of double mastectomy in women with BRCA-related breast cancer

Study shows benefit of double mastectomy in women with BRCA-related breast cancer

Women with BRCA-related breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are nearly 50 per cent less likely to die of breast cancer within 20 years of diagnosis compared to women who have a single mastectomy, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Kelly Metcalfe. [More]
Veterans with exposure to Agent Orange may be at higher risk for skin cancer

Veterans with exposure to Agent Orange may be at higher risk for skin cancer

Vietnam War veterans with prior exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange may be at higher risk for certain types of skin cancer, suggests a report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]

Patients perceive voice changes after rhinoplasty, says study

​Patients who have undergone plastic surgery to change the appearance of their nose may also notice changes in the sound of their voice, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
AMSilk completes preclinical testing of proprietary silicone breast implant coating

AMSilk completes preclinical testing of proprietary silicone breast implant coating

AMSilk has completed preclinical testing of its proprietary silicone implant coating made from spider silk. AMSilk's coating consists of a thin layer of spider silk proteins manufactured by AMSilk. [More]
Smoking and obesity increase odds of early breast implant loss

Smoking and obesity increase odds of early breast implant loss

New research findings published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons confirm that factors such as smoking and obesity increase the odds of early implant loss in women who undergo mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction with implants. Additionally, the study authors propose a unique risk-scoring tool that allows surgeons to better counsel patients preoperatively about their predicted risk for complications. [More]
Researchers analyze ethics of face transplantation

Researchers analyze ethics of face transplantation

Once viewed as an "outlandish morally objectionable" concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a "feasible and necessary treatment" for severely disfigured patients. [More]
Current laser therapy approaches provide effective treatment for excessive scars

Current laser therapy approaches provide effective treatment for excessive scars

Current laser therapy approaches are effective for treating excessive scars resulting from abnormal wound healing, concludes a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. [More]