Age Not a Factor in Complications Following Implant Breast Reconstruction

Age Not a Factor in Complications Following Implant Breast Reconstruction
shutterstock_149465573Many patients with breast cancer choose to undergo breast reconstruction following mastectomy. For some women over the age of 65, there has been concern for an increased risk of complications, but a new study from NorthShore University HealthSystem and the University of Chicago indicates otherwise. "Older patients should be counseled that their age does not confer an increased risk of complications after implant-based post-mastectomy breast reconstruction," wrote Mark Sisco, MD, in the study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as reported by a news release from the publishing journal. The study, "Advanced Age Is a Predictor of 30-Day Complications after Autologous but Not Implant-Based Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction," did identify an increased risk of complications due to blood clots following tissue-based (autologous) breast reconstruction. To conduct the research, Dr. Sisco and his team used The American College of Sur
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