The goal of this Continuing Medical Education module is to summarize key evidence-based data available to plastic surgeons to improve their care of patients with breast hypertrophy. The authors’ goal is to present the current controversies regarding their treatment and provide a discussion of the various options in their care. The article was prepared to accompany practice based assessment with ongoing surgical education for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
After viewing this course, the participant should be able to:
1. Understand the multiple reduction mammaplasty techniques available for patients and describe the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.
2. Describe the indications for the treatment of macromastia in patients younger than 18 years.
3. Identify the preoperative indications for breast imaging before surgery.
4. Describe the benefits of breast infiltration with local anesthesia with epinephrine before surgery.
5. Understand the use of deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis in breast reduction surgery.
6. Describe when the use of drains is indicated after breast reduction surgery.
Richard Greco, MD; Barret Noone, MD
Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery® Editors:
Editor-in-Chief: Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Co-Editor: James M. Stuzin, MD
Section Editor: Donald H. Lalonde, MD
Patient Safety Credit:
Journal Article, Video Publish Date:
1/1/2017Estimated time to complete this course:
Directly provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®)
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The ASPS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This educational activity is intended for plastic surgery practitioners, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in translating expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rohrich, MD is the Principal/Co-Principal Investigator of research grants awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from Medicis, Mentor, and Contura Pharmaceutical. All research funds are provided directly to UT Southwestern. Dr. Stuzin has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Lalonde is a consultant for ASSI Instruments. None of the authors have any relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose.
All ASPS staff members
managing this activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.
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