A survey of Canadian trends in outpatient reduction mammaplasty

  • Bradley H. C. GreeneEmail author
  • Shane F. Seal
  • Joy Cluett
  • Donald G. Fitzpatrick
  • Arthur Rideout
  • David D. Jewer
Short Communication

Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammaplasty has become one of the most common surgeries performed by plastic surgeons in North America [1]. Outcomes are well received by both patients and physicians. The length of stay has significantly changed to the extent that the number of these procedures being performed as an outpatient procedure in the USA has increased dramatically over the past two decades [2, 3, 4]. The overall cost savings are approximately 18% less than that of inpatients or $873 per patient, and complication rates have been comparatively favorable [5, 6, 7]. Up to 92% of surgeries in the USA are done as an outpatient procedure [8].

In 2008, a survey published in the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery determined the practice profiles of breast reduction amongst Canadian plastic surgeons. It stated that 54.8% of surgeries were done as an outpatient basis [7]. This study proposes a follow-up survey of Canadian plastic surgeons regarding reduction mammaplasty as an...


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This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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Conflicting interests

Greene, Bradley; Seal, Shane F.; Cluett, Joy; Fitzpatrick, Donald G.; Rideout, Arthur; and Jewer, David D. declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Clinical Trials Health Ethics Research Board.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Division of Plastic SurgeryMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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