Newton-Wellesley Hospital remains at the forefront of breast reconstruction technologies. By offering cutting-edge procedures, we are seeing better outcomes in our patients. Innovations in technology are making our options safer and less painful and allow our patients to achieve better results from their breast reconstruction procedures.
The Hospital prides itself on its high percentage of mastectomy reconstruction rates. Our patients have mastectomy reconstruction 67% of the time.
According to a study published in the May 2012 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, 37.8% of women had reconstruction surgery. And in a study published in the January 2006 Journal of American Medicine, national reconstruction rates were only 16.5%.
We attribute our high rates to the increased availability of our specialists and our emphasis on educating our patients and referring physicians.
New Technologies in Reconstruction
Over the last decade, breast reconstruction options offered have improved dramatically in the United States. Research and innovative new techniques have made breast reconstruction safer and less painful. Newton-Wellesley Hospital has been a leader in using many of these new technologies. We can now customize many of our treatments for each patient. We offer accellular dermal matrix tissue grafts, such as AlloDerm®, that allows immediate use of the breast pocket and excess skin. It also allows us to consider immediate implant placement and may provide decreased pain and capsule formation.
We also use SPY Elite™ cameras which provide real-time information to our surgeons to better visualize and assess the viability of mastectomy skin flaps and TRAM flaps. Using these cameras often helps us avoid the need for later surgeries. It decreases the complications of delayed healing and fat necrosis and can also be used in nipple sparing mastectomies.
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