Identifying the Variables for Oncoplastic Reconstruction: Preoperative Assessment Tool for Breast Conserving Treatment

Sagit Meshulam-Derazon, Dafna Shilo Yaacobi, Merav A. Ben-David, Alex Lvovsky, Amir Hadanny, Oren Ganor, Avraham Amir, Dean Ad-El, Maya Wertman

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Background: A wide range of surgical techniques has been described for breast conservation treatment (Oncoplasty) based on breast size and shape, as well as tumor size and location. However, there is a lack of standardization regarding the indications for oncoplastic reconstruction. This study aims to identify the presurgical parameters associated with poor cosmetic outcomes post-breast conserving treatment. We hope this preoperative model can assist in evaluating whether there is a need for oncoplastic intervention. Methods: The study group involved 136-adult females (age 35–77) who previously undergone breast conserving surgery and radiation, without oncoplastic intervention between 2007 and 2017. Patient demographics, medical and physical parameters were collected, and each patient filled Breast-QTM-questionnaire and six angles’ photographs were taken. Patients’ photographs were evaluated by 15 board-certified plastic surgeons. Both univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify potential confounders for poor outcome in each of the experts' and patients’ average-grades. Results: Our analysis identified several variables correlated with poor surgical outcome: high BMI, high chest-wall-circumference, high breast-width and larger volume-removed. The general-aesthetic-result as evaluated by our experts was favorably influenced by an upper lateral quadrant tumor while the breast shape was negatively influenced by a lower medial quadrant tumor. Interestingly, no correlation was found between the patients' and panel's evaluations, nor did we find any clinically significant parameter related to the patients' reported well-being. Conclusion: Patients with high BMI, high chest-wall-circumference, large breast-width and larger inferomedial tumors could benefit from early plastic surgery evaluation and intervention. Patient’s psychosocial well-being as well as sexual well-being are independent from positive surgical outcome evaluated by plastic surgeons. Level of Evidence III: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors .

Original languageEnglish
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Early online date23 Oct 2023
StateE-pub ahead of print - 23 Oct 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Breast conserving treatment
  • Oncoplastic indications
  • Oncoplastic intervention prediction


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