Oncoplastic breast surgery: the role of negative pressure wound therapy

J Wound Care. 2020 Dec 2;29(12):777-780. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2020.29.12.777.


Wound-related problems following breast surgery are common. Delayed wound healing can lead to poor cosmesis and, among breast cancer patients, can result in delays in receiving adjuvant treatment. The aim of our review was to look at the literature in relation to the role of negative pressure wound therapy in oncoplastic breast surgery, as at the time of writing, there is no consensus on the use of prophylactic negative pressure dressings in closed wounds following breast surgery.

Keywords: breast; negative pressure wound therapy; surgical wound infection; wound healing; wound infection; wounds.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastectomy*
  • Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / therapy*
  • Wound Healing*