Does pregnancy following abdominally-based autologous breast reconstruction increase risk of incisional hernia repair?

Find out by reading this #PRSJournal study, "Does Pregnancy Predict Incisional Hernia Repair after Abdominally Based Autologous Breast Reconstruction? A Retrospective Review of 890 Free Flaps":

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The abdomen is a common donor site in autologous breast reconstruction. The authors aimed to determine whether pregnancy following autologous breast reconstruction increases the risk of incisional hernia repair.

All women younger than 50 years who underwent abdominally based autologous breast reconstruction between 2005 and 2016 were identified. Patients with less than 20 months of follow-up were excluded. Demographics, operative details, outcomes, incisional hernia repair occurrence, and pregnancy history were analyzed.

The authors’ results demonstrate that there may not be an increased risk of incisional hernia repair associated with pregnancy following autologous breast reconstruction despite additional weakening of the abdominal wall.

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