Outcomes in breast reconstruction using the BREAST-Q questionnaire at a third level hospital center in Mexico City

Authors

  • Andrea Embarcadero Becerra Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Hospital of Mexico “Dr. Eduardo Liceaga”, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Karla Fabiola Grau Gutierrez Rubio School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
  • Luciano Ríos Lara Y. Lopez Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Hospital of Mexico “Dr. Eduardo Liceaga”, Mexico City, Mexico

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20241947

Keywords:

Breast reconstruction, Latissimus dorsi flap, Mastectomy, Breast, BREAST-Q questionnaire

Abstract

Background: Breast reconstruction can have a significant impact on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of patients undergoing mastectomy. The type and timing of breast reconstruction influence the satisfaction index of reconstructed patients.

Methods: A retrospective examination was carried out on patient records from 2016 to 2024 at general hospital of Mexico. The analysis encompassed 210 patients who underwent breast reconstruction during this frame time. The BREAST-Q questionnaire was administered in March 2024 and at various intervals during each patient´s post-operative care. Patients were stratified according to multiple variables such as: oncological therapy, timing of reconstruction, type of reconstruction and educational attainment.

Results: The average age of the participants was 50.3 years. In terms of reconstruction timing, 25.24% underwent immediate reconstruction, while 74.76% opted for delayed reconstruction. When it came to BMI, the average was 26.99 kg/m². Regarding the type of flap used for reconstruction, the majority (82.86%) had a latissimus dorsi flap. The overall demonstrated a mean psychosocial well-being scale score of 76±6.6.

Conclusions: Breast reconstruction goes beyond physical restoration; it can profoundly impact a patient's emotional recovery, self-image, and quality of life. By addressing not only the physical changes but also the emotional and psychological aspects of breast cancer treatment, reconstruction plays a vital role in helping patients move forward with confidence, resilience, and a sense of empowerment. Regardless of when we first contact the patient, it is always worthwhile to provide her with information and the option of reconstruction.

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2024-07-06

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Becerra, A. E., Grau Gutierrez Rubio, K. F., & Ríos Lara Y. Lopez, L. (2024). Outcomes in breast reconstruction using the BREAST-Q questionnaire at a third level hospital center in Mexico City. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20241947

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