Evidence-Based Medicine: Alloplastic Breast Reconstruction

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Abstract

Learning Objectives:

After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand the different advances that have resulted in improved outcomes in implant-based reconstruction. 2. Gain knowledge about specific techniques that have evolved rapidly in recent years and how to implement these. 3. Gain an understanding of controversies associated with alloplastic reconstruction. 4. Recognize undesirable outcomes in implant-based breast reconstruction and understand strategies for correction.

Summary:

There have been multiple advances in implant-based breast reconstruction. Many of these have resulted in improvements in patient outcomes and care. Understanding new techniques and technologies ensures competence in providing care for the alloplastic breast reconstruction patient. This article was prepared to accompany practice-based assessment with ongoing surgical education for the Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is structured to outline the care of the patient with the postmastectomy breast deformity.

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