Post-mastectomy sensory recovery and restoration

Kristy L. Hamilton, Katarzyna E. Kania, Aldona J. Spiegel

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Abstract: Breast sensation has recently become an integral aspect of the reconstructive goal after mastectomy and is an important consideration for many patients. Neurotization techniques using primary coaptation, autograft, allograft, or nerve conduit have been used for autologous flaps, such as the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap. Outcomes have shown improved sensation and faster sensory recovery in the flap skin in immediate neurotized DIEP flap breast reconstructions compared to delayed reconstruction. Breast flap neurotization during reconstruction is a rapid and simple procedure with minimal morbidity. An improved understanding of breast anatomy and innovative modifications to breast reconstruction have made the restoration of breast sensation achievable, and promising results have been obtained with respect to sensory return and patient satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-497
Number of pages4
JournalGland Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Breast reconstruction
  • autologous-based reconstruction
  • breast flaps
  • neurotization
  • post-mastectomy sensation
  • sensory recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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