Among 145 chest wall perforator flaps (CWPFs) performed at City Hospital, Birmingham (September 2017-February 2022), 11 were for novel indications, four were for whole breast reconstructions, two were for implant salvage procedures, three were CWPFs with skin paddle to replace excised skin/nipple-areola complex, and two were for upper inner quadrant tumours.
Tumour characteristics and post-operative complications were noted. Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) were measured using a questionnaire adapted from the National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit (NMBRA) study. Among 11 patients, nine (81.81%) did not develop any complications. Ten patients responded to PROMs (median follow-up of eight months).
The PROMs assessment showed that all patients (100%) were satisfied with the post-operative breast appearance. Of the patients, 90% (9/10) felt the results of their surgery to be good, very good, or excellent. Of the patients, 70% (7/10) said that they have no/little persistent pain. None of the patients had difficulty carrying out normal activities. Thus, the applications of CWPFs could be extended for whole breast reconstruction, implant salvage procedures, where skin paddle is needed, and for upper inner quadrant tumours.
Read the full article here: Pushing the Boundaries of Pedicled Chest Wall Perforator Flaps in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery - PubMed (nih.gov)
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