Using the breast reconstruction risk assessment (BRA) score: An individualized risk calculator to assist expectation management and reconstructive decision making in the mastectomy patient

Alexei S. Mlodinow, Steven T. Lanier*, Robert D. Galiano, John Y.S. Kim

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Breast reconstructive surgery carries tremendous psychosocial benefit to women who have undergone mastectomy. Over 100,000 of these reconstructive operations are performed every year in the United States alone. A plethora of literature exists to delineate pros, cons, risks, and benefits of the various autologous and prosthetic techniques in a reconstructive surgeon’s arsenal. However, this information can be difficult to assimilate in the context an individual patient with her unique combination of clinical and demographic characteristics. Risk calculators have made promising steps toward individualized care and decision-making. The Breast Reconstruction Risk Assessment (BRA) Score, is an online and mobile app that assists the patient and surgeon in the postmastectomy reconstructive decision. By estimating a patient’s risk of complications, given her preoperative information, the BRA Score provides an easy-to-use tool for a more individualized, patient-centered cancer care plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Approaches to Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy
Subtitle of host publicationIndications, Techniques, and Outcomes
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages117-126
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319432595
ISBN (Print)9783319432571
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • BRA score
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk calculator
  • Risk score
  • Surgical complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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