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Radiation Reconstruction Risks?

Apr 7th 2012 at 6:16 AM

Recent studies are concluding that there is a higher risk for complications among breast patients treated with radiation therapy following implant-based breast reconstruction, according to the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. However, despite these complications, the radiation-treated patients still show an 80% success rate.

The study featured 194 breast cancer patients who were undergoing two-stage, implant-based breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The findings showed that the complication rate during reconstruction was more than 40%, compared to 14% for women who did not receive radiation. Additionally, the study concluded that complications rise in patients who smoke.

On the whole, 22% of women undergoing radiation had problems related to wound healing. By contrast, less than 2% of women not subjected to radiation therapy, suffered complications, and the 2% smoked. There were also tissue expander issues with 19% of the patients in the radiation groups. The overall numbers showed that complications requiring additional surgery were approximately six times higher in women receiving radiation therapy and those who smoke were more than three times higher.

Radiation may be a necessary part of treatment – but, each case, and how / when it is applied might be a consideration to discuss between each doctor and patient. Quitting smoking before any plastic or reconstructive surgery is always advised, as it inhibits proper healing. Information and communication throughout the process can make a huge difference in recovery time and surgery success. Be proactive in your own cure.


NOTE : This Article Is originally published by plasticsurgeryblog.

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