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Breast reduction with the posterosuperior pedicle: a series of 200 consecutive patients

 

Hristo Shipkov12 / Ali Mojallal3 / Fabienne Braye4
1Department of Burns and Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France
2 Division of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, St George University Hospital, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
3Department of Burns and Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France
4Department of Burns and Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France
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Citation Information: Folia Medica. Volume 53, Issue 4, Pages 34–41, ISSN (Online) 1314-2143, ISSN (Print) 0204-8043, DOI: 10.2478/v10153-011-0065-y, October 2012
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Published Online:
2012-10-24


ABSTRACT

 

AIM: To present and evaluate the outcomes of the posterosuperior pedicle breast reduction technique.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: 200 patients were included in the present retrospective study. They were operated on between January 2006 and January 2009. The mean age was 35.9 years (range 22 to 58 years). The average notch-to-nipple distance was 35.8 cm (range, 29 to 42 cm). The mean body mass index was 27 (range, 22 to 35 cm). Results were assessed by means of self-evaluation and by an independent 5-member jury. Fifty two patients (26%) had had bariatric surgery and 48 (24%) had had abdominoplasty. None of the patients had any previous breast surgery. All patients reported dorsal and cervical pain.

RESULTS: The mean follow-up period was 16 months (range, 13 to 23 months). The average weight resected was 981 g (range from 370 g to 1800 g). The average duration of surgery was 2h (range, 1.50 to 2.30 hours) and average length of hospital stay was 2.3 days (range, 2 to 4 days). The duration of the outpatient postoperative care until complete wound healing was 15.2 days (range, 13 to 20 days). There were 4 major complications (2%) (1 bilateral and 3 unilateral infections) treated by drainage and intravenous antibiotics. Twenty-two minor complications were recorded (11%) including one desquamation of the nipple-areola complex without necrosis (0.5%) delayed healing at the junction site of the inverted T incision in 21 cases (10.5%). One hundred and forty eight patients evaluated their results as “very good” (74%), 36 as “good” (18%), and 16 as “acceptable” (8%). There were no results assessed as “poor.” Fifty-eight percent of the patients found that back pain had totally resolved versus 42% who had signifi cant improvement though not complete resolution.

CONCLUSIONS: The postero-superior pedicle for breast reduction is a reproducible and versatile technique. The preservation of the anterior intercostal artery perforators enhances the reliability of the vascular supply to the superior pedicle.