Collaboration between the breast and plastic surgeon in restoring sensation after mastectomy.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed invasive cancer in women worldwide. While hypoesthesia is a known sequela after mastectomy, patients are now inquiring with renewed interest about the degree and timing of sensation after mastectomy. This is a topic that has generated much research interest. However, while there have been advances in the field, there are few, well-done studies that allow for an accurate answer to this question. In this article, relevant breast and donor site anatomy is reviewed for sensate autologous breast reconstruction. Additional donor sites apart from the typically utilized abdomen are analyzed with relevant anatomical discussions. Outcomes are presented; however, due to the heterogeneity of the patient population, surgical approach and postoperative sensory testing, it is difficult to compare results between studies. Future directions and unanswered questions regarding sensate autologous breast reconstruction are highlighted. While great strides have been made in providing sensate autologous breast reconstruction, there are still many unanswered questions. Thus, the collaboration between surgical teams and sharing of outcomes is crucial to allow for optimization of this powerful surgical approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Knackstedt, R; Grobmyer, S; Djohan, R

Published Date

  • November 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1187 - 1191

PubMed ID

  • 31264296

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4741

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/tbj.13420


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States