Factors Affecting Patient Satisfaction in Breast Reduction Surgeries: A Retrospective Clinical Study
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CitationOzbey, R., Cansel, N., Firat, C., & Baydemir, M. B. (2021). Factors Affecting Patient Satisfaction in Breast Reduction Surgeries: A Retrospective Clinical Study. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1-7.
Background: Breast reduction surgeries increase the individual's comfort of life by eliminating the problems caused by breast hypertrophy. We aimed to evaluate the effects of patients' demographic and operational data on satisfaction by using Breast-Q Questionnaire. Methods: Breast-Q Questionnaire breast reduction module was applied to patients who had undergone breast reduction surgery by a single surgeon between 2016 and 2020 and who agreed to participate in the study. Demographic and operational data and Questionnaire results were analyzed with the help of SPSS Statistics V21.0 program by considering p < 0.05 as significant. Results: Of the 94 patients who had undergone surgery, 52 who agreed to fill in the questionnaire were included in the study. Mean age was 39 and mean body mass index was (BMI) 28.6 kg/m2. Forty eight (92.3%) patients had undergone surgery for noncosmetic reasons. Significant differences were found between the physical well-being scores of the participants whose BMI was <25 and those whose BMI was >30. It was found that physical well-being (p= 0.001) and the amount of tissue removed increased with the increase in BMI (p = 0.018). No association was found between the tissue removed, the change in bra sizes and satisfaction. Satisfaction with outcome of surgery was found as 84.51% ± 24.28. Linear association was found between pre-information given and Breast-Q scores (p < 0.001). Conclusions: In our study, it was found that the tissue removed, breast size and the change in bra size had no effect on patient satisfaction. Being informed was found to be directly related to satisfaction. Providing sufficient information, understanding the expectations and obtaining the desired cosmetic results is important. Although physical complaints are at the forefront in the decision of surgery, aesthetic appearance is more effective in being satisfied with the surgery. A breast the weight of which is reduced through breast reduction and which looks aesthetically beautiful can only please the patient. Level of Evidence IV This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266 .