Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Eltahir: There are different options for breast reconstruction. They are divided into two main groups; autologous or implant breast reconstructions. all may have their effect on the quality of life and might have surgical complications. We were interested to know which breast reconstruction method may provide a better quality of life. However, we wanted to know this information from the patients point of view, that’s why we used the Breast-Q which is a case specific instrument, to compare the two groups.
We found out that women with autologous breast reconstruction were more satisfied their breast than the implant group. However, this group has more secondary corrections than the control group. Further were no differences between the two groups.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Eltahir: There is no ideal reconstruction option. All the advantages and disadvantages need to be discussed and decision should be made upon careful patient selection as well as ample patient education. That is important in empowering patients to make an informed decision in view of their treatment.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Eltahir: It is important to perform prospective studies with larger groups. The information about the changes in quality of life for and after the breast reconstructions, will help to have a better evolution of the positive effect of breast reconstruction.
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Y. Eltahir (2015). Which Breast Is Best For Reconstruction? Autologous or Implant?