The term “reconstructive burnout” refers to the tissue expander complications, high body mass indices, and radiation therapy associated with breast reconstruction surgery. The investigators of this study conducted a retrospective review of 530 patients who underwent breast reconstruction after a skin-sparing mastectomy from 2014 to 2017 at a single institution. The investigators observed that overall rates of burnout were similar between autologous and implant-based reconstruction. Investigators placed an emphasis on the need to meet the emotional and physical needs of patients during their reconstructive journey to prevent reconstructive burnout.
Reference: Halani SH, Jones K, Liu Y, Teotia SS, Haddock NT. Reconstructive Burnout after Mastectomy: Implications for Patient Selection. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022;151(1):13e19e. doi:10.1097/prs.0000000000009776