CHICAGO – Women who choose to replace existing breast implants with autologous tissue are reporting significant improvements in their overall satisfaction with the breast reconstruction process and results, according to a new study that will be presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Oct. 10-14, in Chicago.

“Although many women are satisfied with their outcomes after implant-based breast reconstruction, our study demonstrates a significant improvement in satisfaction when the implant was removed and breast was reconstructed with the patient’s own tissue,” said Joseph Disa, MD, FACS, the senior author of the study and a plastic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

The study’s findings show that patients who had their existing prosthetic implants replaced with autologous tissue, which is tissue transplanted from another area of a patient’s body, report increased satisfaction with their breasts, the outcome of the surgery, their sexual well-being, their physical well-being, the care they received from the participating medical staff, including the surgeon, the information providers, the medical team and the office staff.

The study, which evaluated and surveyed 242 patients from a single facility from 1991 through 2013, included patients between the ages of 34 and 64. The amount of time between patients’ original reconstructive surgery and the autologous replacement surgery ranged from one month to nearly 10 years.

The study, “Patient-Reported Satisfaction and Health Related-Quality of Life in Patients Converting from Prosthetic to Autologous Breast Reconstruction,” is being presented by co-author Amie Scott, MPH, on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1:25 p.m. at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Reporters can register to attend Plastic Surgery The Meeting, or arrange interviews with presenters, by contacting ASPS Public Relations at (847) 228-9900, media@plasticsurgery.org or in Chicago, Oct. 10-14.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. 

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