New Risk Factors For Recovery After Breast Reconstruction

Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems (Austria) investigates recovery time after reconstructive breast surgery of breast cancer patients
By: Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences
KREMS, Austria - March 30, 2022 - PRLog -- Factors such as anemia and anticoagulants have more impact on hospitalization time after breast reconstruction than "common" risk factors. That is the outcome of a study carried out by the Karl Landsteiner Private University of Health Sciences in Krems (KL Krems) published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. The study analyzed the impact of different factors on postoperative blood loss and drainage fluid volume. These two factors can increase hospitalization time of patients after breast reconstruction following mastectomy due to breast cancer and delay subsequent cancer treatment. The findings of the study allow for an improved risk assessment and planning of reconstructive breast surgery to offer patients personalized and improved treatment.

Breast cancer surgeries often require partial or total mastectomy. To lessen the added psychological stress on cancer patients, reconstructive breast surgery is an integral part of oncological treatment. Fast wound healing after surgical breast reconstruction is critical to not delay the subsequent cancer treatment often indicated. Factors that influence the length of hospital stay (LOS) or wound healing are therefore particularly significant in cancer treatment. The study carried out by the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University Hospital of St. Poelten, KL Krems, belonging to the Breast Health Center of Central Lower Austria, has now identified risk factors not yet recognized.

Original Publication: Perioperative Risk Factors for Prolonged Blood Loss and Drainage Fluid Secretion after Breast Reconstruction. T. Flores, F. J. Jaklin, A. Rohrbacher, K. F. Schrögendorfer & K. D. Bergmeister. J. Clin. Med. 2022, 11, 808. (Impaktfaktor 5,583)

About Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences

At Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) in Krems, the comprehensive approach to health and disease is a fundamental objective for research and teaching. With its Europe-wide recognized bachelor-master system, KL is a flexible educational institution that is tailored to the needs of students, the requirements of the labor market as well as the scientific challenges. Currently KL hosts about 600 students in the fields of medicine and psychology. The four university hospitals in Krems, St. Poelten, Tulln and Eggenburg ensure clinical teaching and research at the highest quality level. In research, KL focuses on interdisciplinary fields with high relevance to health policy - including medical technology, molecular oncology, mental health and neuroscience, as well as water quality and related health aspects. KL was founded in 2013 and accredited by the Austrian Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (AQ Austria).

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