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"Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Complication Rates Decline Despite Expanding Indications" - John DeRosier

  • Healio: HemOnc Today
  • New York, NY
  • (May 04, 2019)

Complication and implant failure rates of nipple-sparing mastectomies have decreased significantly over the past several years, even as more higher-risk women undergo the procedure, according to study results presented at American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting. Results showed a 30 day complication rate of 7.5 percent and an overall decline in complications from 14.8 percent in 2009 to 6.3 percent in 2017. According to Paul Schmidt, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who was not involved in the study, “As attention to this issue and experience with nipple-sparing mastectomy has grown, people now have a much greater understanding of the importance of patient selection but also try to avoid scenarios where a patient with significant risk factors who could have suboptimal outcomes decides to get the procedure.”

— Paul H. Schmidt, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Cancer Risk Program, Dubin Breast Center, Mount Sinai Health System

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