Washington: Breast reduction surgery produces measurable improvements in several important areas of health and quality of life, a new study has revealed.
The study used the BREAST-Q questionnaire, a well-validated survey instrument, to document the physical and psychosocial health benefits of breast reduction surgery.
"The improvement in physical well-being is important for justification of insurance coverage," according to the paper by Dr. Michelle Coriddi and colleagues of Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University, Columbus.
The study was designed to evaluate and confirm the benefits of breast reduction surgery-one of the most commonly performed breast plastic surgery procedures.
Previous studies have found it highly effective in relieving symptoms related to overly large breasts.
The BREAST-Q was used to obtain a more complete picture of the clinical outcomes and is "the only questionnaire to assess breast reduction outcomes that meets international and federal standards for questionnaire development," according to Dr. Coriddi and coauthors.
In a series of 49 patients undergoing breast reduction, 78 percent anonymously completed the BREAST-Q before and/or after surgery.
Changes in patient-reported satisfaction and quality of life after breast reduction were assessed.
The study is published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.