2021
DOI: 10.1097/gox.0000000000003852
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Breast Reconstruction during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review

Abstract: Introduction:The COVID-19 pandemic posed unique challenges for breast reconstruction. Many professional organizations initially placed restrictions on breast reconstruction, leading surgeons to conceive innovative protocols for offering breast reconstruction. This study reviewed the current evidence on breast reconstruction during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide guidance for surgeons facing future crises. Methods: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched for studies (1) d… Show more

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“…The reduced number of autologous BRs seen during the COVID-19 year (from 66 the year before COVID-19 to 38 in the COVID-19 year) was expected because a vast majority of them are performed as elective surgery in a secondary setting at our hospital. This reduction is in line with the results recently presented by Hemal et al 9 The largest difference is seen in period 1, representing the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Stockholm when all autologous BR surgeries were canceled. The second COVID-19 wave in Sweden seen during period 4 in Figure 2 C also shows a reduction in the number of surgeries, but not as severe as the first wave.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 91%
“…The reduced number of autologous BRs seen during the COVID-19 year (from 66 the year before COVID-19 to 38 in the COVID-19 year) was expected because a vast majority of them are performed as elective surgery in a secondary setting at our hospital. This reduction is in line with the results recently presented by Hemal et al 9 The largest difference is seen in period 1, representing the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Stockholm when all autologous BR surgeries were canceled. The second COVID-19 wave in Sweden seen during period 4 in Figure 2 C also shows a reduction in the number of surgeries, but not as severe as the first wave.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 91%
“…11 The ACS guidelines eventually permitted autologous reconstruction, depending on the phase of the pandemic, geographic location, and available resources at the treating institution. 12 …”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…1,3 For breast cancer patients in whom surgery is the mainstay treatment of choice, surgical care has been delayed and/or compromised. 4 Breast reconstruction following tumor ablation is considered an integral and standard component of comprehensive cancer care, offering women facing mastectomy the choice of restoration. Despite its essential role, breast reconstruction was severely restricted during the pandemic, with irreversible long-term consequences for Canadian breast cancer survivors.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…3,5,6 Amidst robust vaccination programs, there are current and persistent strains on the healthcare system which demand continued efforts to efficiently deliver breast reconstructive services. 3,4…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%