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Surgery society releases breast reconstruction statistics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How many women elect to have breast reconstruction surgeries each year? What is the average age of cancer survivors who get them? What sorts of procedures do they choose most often and where are they performed?

These questions lately received answers, since the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released a document detailing the demographics of women who get such operations, as well as the prevalence of many forms of breast reconstructive surgery.

The Report of the 2010 Plastic Surgery Statistics determined that more than 93,000 breast reconstructions were performed over the course of the year.

Of these, approximately 69,000 involved either silicone or saline breast implants, 62,000 of which were preceded by tissue expanders. The report noted that more than 18,000 reconstructions were performed using tissue taken from women's backs or torsos. Most were done either in an office setting or in hospitals.

The paper also broke down the demography of breast reconstructees by age. The two likeliest groups to get the surgery were women aged 40 to 54, and those 55 or older, accounting for an estimated 47,000 and 32,000 breast reconstructions, respectively.

2010 Reconstructive Demographics. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2011. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2010-statisticss/Patient-Ages/2010-reconstructive-demographics-breast-surgery-statistics.pdf Accessed June 23, 2011.

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