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CONTEXT Prophylactic mastectomy is a preventive option for women who wish to reduce their risk of breast cancer. There has been concern about possible negative psychological sequelae following this procedure. However, few data are available regarding long-term satisfaction and psychological and social function following this procedure. OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND Options for women at high risk for breast cancer include surveillance, chemoprevention, and prophylactic mastectomy. The data on the outcomes for surveillance and prophylactic mastectomy are incomplete. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of all women with a family history of breast cancer who underwent bilateral prophylactic mastectomy(More)
Outcome studies of the value of reduction mammaplasties have only recently appeared in the literature. Medical directors of insurance companies and managed care plans have been reluctant to pay for reduction mammaplasties, citing the uncertainty of the medical necessity of the procedure. They have defended their position by stating that the medical(More)
PURPOSE Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) is one option for reducing the risk of a second breast cancer in women with a personal and family history of breast cancer. Few data are available regarding satisfaction, psychological, and social function after CPM. The purpose of this research is to evaluate women's long-term satisfaction with CPM,(More)
This study compares the outcome of Singapore flap, vertical rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap (VRAM), and gracilis musculocutaneous flap vaginal reconstruction. A retrospective review of 99 consecutive patients with complete vaginal defects was conducted at the Mayo Clinic from January 1988 to October 2001. All possible complications were determined(More)
The ubiquitousness of silicon is well known. Recent work has demonstrated measurable baseline levels of silicon in nonaugmented cadavers, subsequent to numerous reports of significant elevations of such levels within patients with silicone breast implants and even more reports alleging a causal relation between silicone gel prostheses and connective-tissue(More)
BACKGROUND The authors characterized the unanticipated reoperations after prophylactic mastectomy, with or without implant reconstruction. METHODS The surgical cohort was comprised of 1417 women with a family history of breast carcinoma. The women received a prophylactic mastectomy with (bilateral, n = 593; contralateral, n = 506) or without(More)
The silicone breast implant controversy rages on. Recent work has demonstrated that normal or baseline breast tissue silicon levels in women who had had no prior exposure to any type of breast implant may be as high as 446 microg/gm of tissue. These data ranged from 4 to 446 microg/gm of tissue, with a median of 27.0 microg/gm of tissue. In addition,(More)
BACKGROUND Perineal wounds, created at the time of extended resection for locally advanced malignancy and following chemoradiation, are at risk of serious complications. METHODS To determine whether immediate myocutaneous flap closure prevents complications, 57 patients treated with multimodality therapy and proctectomy (35 perineal wounds) or sacrectomy(More)