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Nipple-areola reconstruction in autologous breast reconstruction: Chinese patients' perspective.

Cheng, Ming S; Ho, Chiu M; Cheung, Wing Y; Or, Amy; Wong, Wai M.
Ann Plast Surg; 53(4): 328-33, 2004 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-15385765
Twenty-five consecutive patients who had nipple-areola reconstruction (NAR) using a modified S dermal-fat flap technique in the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kwong Wah Hospital, between 1995 and 2000 were studied. The nipple projection and sensation (to light touch and pinprick) were assessed by a designated surgeon who was not involved in the reconstructive process. This was followed by a questionnaire on the patients' perception of the various physical characteristics of the reconstructed nipple-areola complex (NAC) when in the nude. They were then asked to rate their satisfaction according to a 4-grade grading scale and whether they would recommend this procedure to other women with a similar condition. There was no major complication associated with this procedure. The mean projection of the reconstructed nipple at 18 months was 3.27 mm. The mean projection of the opposite normal nipple was 8 mm. The sensation to light touch and pinprick were 28% and 50% of the normal side, respectively. The majority of the patients were pleased with the reconstruction despite gradual loss of nipple projection and inadequate return of sensation. All patients would recommend this procedure to other women with similar disease. The creation of a NAC on the reconstructed breast mound seemed to enhance patients' satisfaction in this study.
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