More women opt for immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction

01/18/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

The percentage of U.S. women undergoing mastectomies who opted for immediate reconstruction rose from 20.8% in 1998 to 37.8% in 2008, and the use of implants rose by an annual average of 11%, according to a review of 178,603 cases in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. Rates of bilateral mastectomy increased while rates of unilateral mastectomy decreased. The 1998 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, which mandates insurance coverage of post-mastectomy reconstruction, may have been a factor in the increase, study authors write in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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