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Toni Zhong, Colleen McCarthy, Sandar Min, Jing Zhang, Brett Beber, Andrea L. Pusic and Stefan O. P. Hofer Patient satisfaction and health-related quality of life after autologous tissue breast reconstruction Cancer 118

Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26417

The results from this study suggest that the gains in satisfaction, psychosocial well being, and sexual well being after patients undergo either free muscle-sparing transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap reconstruction or deep inferior epigastric artery flap reconstruction are statistically significant and clinically meaningful to the patient as early as 3 weeks after surgery. However, this is accompanied by significant deterioration in physical well being of the abdominal donor site.

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