Plast Reconstr Surg 2019 03;143(3):667-677
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Henry Ford Health System; the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida; the Department of Biostatistics, Department of Surgery, Duke University; and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Background: This study aimed to identify differences in patient-reported abdominal well-being, satisfaction, and quality of life in women with muscle-preserving free abdominal versus pedicle transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flap for breast reconstruction.
Methods: Women with a history of breast cancer surgery were recruited from the Army of Women foundation to take the BREAST-Q and a background questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and regression analyses were used to compare abdominal physical well-being, breast satisfaction, chest physical, psychosocial well-being, and sexual well-being in women undergoing free versus pedicle TRAM flaps. Read More