Different approaches have evolved for conservative mastectomies, mostly according to surgeon's preference. Patients' perspective was not always in the primary focus. BRCA status has drawn much attention and therapeutic as well as prophylactic mastectomies are rising. However, knowledge on quality of life (QoL) thereafter is limited. We investigated the surgical and patient reported outcome of conservative mastectomies with implants and TiLoop(®) Bra vs. corial flaps.
Conservative mastectomies were analyzed from a prospectively maintained database in a unicentric study of consecutive 272 reconstructions from 2000-2014. We used four validated QoL questionnaires: FACT-G, EORTC C-30, EORTC B-23 and Breast Cancer Treatment Outcome Scale (BCTOS). The use of TiLoop(®) Bra, a titanized polypropylene mesh, for lower breast pole coverage was compared to autologous corial flaps.
QoL after conservative mastectomies is demonstrated as excellent in several validated QoL-instruments. Double-plane technique for coverage of the implant yields good results with autologous corial flaps and Tiloop(®) Bra, favouring the latter in terms of aesthetics and prevention of implant dislocation.
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