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Silicone Beats Saline for Satisfaction With Implants

Breast cancer patients significantly more satisfied with silicone implants post-mastectomy

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who undergo post-mastectomy reconstruction report higher satisfaction with silicone implants than with saline implants, according to research published online Nov. 8 in Cancer.

Colleen M. McCarthy, M.D., of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues analyzed the responses of 482 women to a questionnaire concerning satisfaction with the breast implants they received during post-mastectomy reconstruction.

The researchers note that the 176 recipients of silicone implants reported a significantly higher level of satisfaction than did the 306 saline implant recipients. Post-mastectomy radiotherapy was associated with a significant negative effect on satisfaction in recipients of both types of implants. Satisfaction decreased over time in women in both groups.

"In the setting of post-mastectomy reconstruction, patients who received silicone breast implants reported significantly higher satisfaction with the results of reconstruction than those who received saline implants. This information can be used to optimize shared medical decision-making by providing patients with realistic postoperative expectations," the authors write.

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