MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has announced that the study, “Breast Reconstruction With or Without Human Acellular Dermal Matrices: A Single- Clinic Review of Esthetic Outcomes and Risk Factors for Complications,” was published in The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.
The study, one of the largest ever completed on this topic, was conducted by Northern Westchester Hospital breast and plastic surgeons and examined 881 breast reconstructions over a five-year period.
The lead author of the paper was Michael H. Rosenberg, MD and was co-authored by David A. Palaia, MD; Anthony C. Cahan, MD; Karen S. Arthur, MD; Danielle M. DeLuca-Pytell, MD and Philip C. Bonanno, MD.
Results from this study demonstrate that women experience better overall aesthetic results from breast reconstruction surgery when allograft tissue is used in conjunction with breast implants. Specifically, the analysis showed that women experience more natural-looking, symmetrical breasts, while having a low risk of surgical complications.
“Breast reconstruction has become increasingly important in the total treatment of women with breast cancer,” said Dr. Michael H. Rosenberg, FACS, chief of plastic surgery and associate medical director at Northern Westchester Hospital.
“Of course, the priority is to cure the cancer. However, re-establishing quality of life and making survivorship as normal as possible is an important modern goal of cancer treatment. When the focus is on the woman with cancer, rather than the cancer itself, breast reconstruction becomes very important.”
Two of the most important advances in breast reconstruction are the development of better and safer silicone-gel implants and the use of allograft in breast reconstruction.
“If this study helps provide women with the knowledge and reassurance that breast reconstruction is readily available, affordable, effective and helps them return to a normal life after cancer, we will have achieved something wonderful,” added Rosenberg.
The study can be found in the March 2014 edition of The Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.