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ISSN: 0974-8369

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Research Article

Underweight BMI Values and their Influence on Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction 30-Day Outcomes

Jon P Ver Halen MD1*, Lauren M Mioton BS2 and John YS Kim MD3

1Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Baptist Cancer Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

2Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA

3Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Jon P Ver Halen
MD FACS, Division of Plastic
Reconstructive, and Hand SurgeryBaptist Cancer Center/
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
3268 Duke CircleGermantown, TN, USA 38139
Tel: (206) 963-8714
Fax: (901) 227-9825
E-mail: [email protected]

Received August 08, 2014; Accepted October 28, 2014; Published November 04, 2014

Citation: Ver Halen JPMD, Mioton LMDS, Kim JYSMD, Zezi AU, Maikai VA (2014) Underweight BMI Values and their Influence on Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction 30-Day Outcomes. Biol Med (Aligarh) 6:215. doi:10.4172/0974-8369.1000215

Copyright: © 2014 Ver Halen JPMD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Risk factors for breast reconstruction have been widely studied. However, the impact of underweight BMI values on outcomes has not yet been examined. Methods: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database was retrospectively reviewed for all patients who underwent prosthetic breast reconstruction between 2006 and 2011. Underweight (BMI<18.5) and normal weight (reference, BMI 18.5–24.99) patients were included in the final analysis. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to determine independent predictors of complications. Results: The underweight and normal weight patient cohorts were well-matched. When compared to the normal weight population, underweight patients displayed decreased rates of total complications, surgical complications, and reoperation. On multivariate analysis, patients with a BMI in the underweight category trended toward lower risk for total and surgical complications. The sum of total relative value units (RVUs) was a significant risk factor for total complications (OR 1.014, p=0.047). Conclusion: Through this analysis of over 1,600 patients, we reveal that underweight patients (BMI<18.5) receiving prosthetic breast reconstruction did not have any significant differences in adverse events than their normal weight counterparts. As more patients are collected in NSQIP, it will be possible to delineate between those with underweight due to lean body mass versus chronic diseases, allowing more granular analysis of the relationship between underweight status and outcomes after breast reconstruction.


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