Breast Reconstruction Complications in Older Patients

Posted by administration on March 12, 2015

Breast ReconstuctionA recent study published in the February 2015 issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery medical journal has shown that women over age 65 do not run any greater risk of complications from implant-based breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

The study looked at 41,100 women who underwent removal of one breast between 2005 and 2012. Of those patients, 11,800 had breast reconstruction surgery, with a larger percentage being performed on younger women. Compared to the women who only had a mastectomy, those women who had breast reconstruction with implants did have more complications; however, the risk of complications did not differ greatly between the two age groups of women.

Breast Reconstruction & Risk of Blood Clots

The study also suggested that older women may experience a greater risk for blood clot related complications during tissue-based breast reconstruction. This technique uses the patient’s own tissues to create the new breasts, rather than insertion of a breast implant. A complication called venous thromboembolism – where blood clots form in the leg, other veins or lungs – was almost four times higher in women age 65 and more than six times higher in women age 70 to 75 in tissue-based breast reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy in Aurora can greatly improve a woman’s body image and self-confidence – even her quality of life. This study shows that a woman should never let her age dictate whether or not to consider breast reconstruction.

Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center performs Aurora breast reconstruction and can help women of all ages determine whether or not to pursue this surgical procedure. If you have undergone mastectomy in Aurora and want to know your options, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a free Cosmetic Consultation.

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