It is predicted that 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 49,290 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed this year. In this study, we will detail our experience with simultaneous contralateral autologous breast augmentation during unilateral breast reconstruction utilizing bilateral deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flaps.
Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients who underwent simultaneous contralateral autologous breast augmentation during unilateral breast reconstruction utilizing bilateral DIEP flaps by the senior surgeons at Beaumont Health Systems, Royal Oak, was conducted. Demographic data, operative details, complications, medical comorbidities, and patient outcomes were retrospectively analyzed.
Results: Seven patients who met the inclusion criteria were identified. One patient underwent immediate reconstruction with DIEP flaps, one patient had a history of lumpectomy and underwent delayed partial breast reconstruction, three patients had delayed unilateral DIEP breast reconstruction with contralateral breast augmentation, and two patients had previous augmentations that were revised. All patients examined in this review tolerated the procedures well and had clinically viable flaps along with superior aesthetic outcomes.
Conclusions: This technique can be applied to various clinical conditions, including immediate breast reconstruction, delayed breast reconstruction, and salvage for failed implant-based reconstruction, leading to optimal patient outcomes and satisfaction. Unilateral breast reconstruction with simultaneous contralateral autologous breast augmentation utilizing bilateral DIEP flaps is a surgical technique that more plastic surgeons should utilize.
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