Long-term patient-reported outcomes in postmastectomy breast reconstruction Journal Article

Authors: Santosa, K. B.; Qi, J.; Kim, H. M.; Hamill, J. B.; Wilkins, E. G.; Pusic, A. L.
Article Title: Long-term patient-reported outcomes in postmastectomy breast reconstruction
Abstract: Importance: Previous outcome studies comparing implant and autologous breast reconstruction techniques have been limited by short-term follow-up, single-center design, and a lack of rigorous patient-reported outcome data. An understanding of the expected satisfaction and breast-related quality of life associated with each type of procedure is central to the decision-making process. Objective: To determine outcomes reported by patients undergoing postmastectomy breast reconstruction using implant or autologous techniques 2 years after surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: Patients were recruited from 11 centers (57 plastic surgeons) across North America for the Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium study, a prospective, multicenter trial, from February 1, 2012, to July 31, 2015. Women undergoing immediate breast reconstruction using implant or autologous tissue reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer treatment or prophylaxis were eligible. Overall, 2013 women (1490 implant and 523 autologous tissue reconstruction) met the inclusion criteria. All patients included in this analysis had 2 years of follow-up. Exposures: Procedure type (ie, implant vs autologous tissue reconstruction). Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcomes of interest were scores on the BREAST-Q, a validated, condition-specific, patient-reported outcome instrument, which were collected prior to and at 2 years after surgery. The following 4 domains of the BREAST-Q reconstruction module were evaluated: satisfaction with breasts, psychosocial well-being, physical well-being, and sexual well-being. Responses from each scale were summed and transformed on a 0 to 100 scale, with higher numbers representing greater satisfaction or quality of life. Results: Of the 2013 women in the study (mean [SD] age, 48.1 [10.5] years for the group that underwent implant-based reconstruction and 51.6 [8.7] years for the group that underwent autologous reconstruction), 1217 (60.5%) completed questionnaires at 2 years after reconstruction. After controlling for baseline patient characteristics, patients who underwent autologous reconstruction had greater satisfaction with their breasts (difference, 7.94; 95% CI, 5.68-10.20; P <.001), psychosocial well-being (difference, 3.27; 95% CI, 1.25-5.29; P =.002), and sexual well-being (difference, 5.53; 95% CI, 2.95-8.11; P <.001) at 2 years compared with patients who underwent implant reconstruction. Conclusions and Relevance: At 2 years, patients who underwent autologous reconstruction were more satisfied with their breasts and had greater psychosocial well-being and sexual well-being than did those who underwent implant reconstruction. These findings can inform patients and their clinicians about expected satisfaction and quality of life outcomes of autologous vs implant-based procedures and further support the adoption of shared decision making in clinical practice.. © 2018 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
Journal Title: JAMA Surgery
Volume: 153
Issue: 10
ISSN: 2168-6254
Publisher: American Medical Association  
Date Published: 2018-10-01
Start Page: 891
End Page: 899
Language: English
DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.1677
PUBMED: 29926096
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC6233781
Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 November 2018 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Andrea Pusic
    299 Pusic