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2020 Apr

Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open



Targeted Muscle Reinnervation following Breast Surgery: A Novel Technique.


O'Brien AL, Kraft CT, Valerio IL, Rendon JL, Spitz JA, Skoracki RJ
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Apr; 8(4):e2782.
PMID: 32440444.


Post-mastectomy pain syndrome is a prevalent chronic pain condition that affects numerous patients following breast surgery. The mechanism of this pain has been proposed to be neurogenic in nature. As such, we propose a novel surgical method for the prophylactic management of postsurgical breast pain: targeted muscle reinnervation of the breast. This article serves to review the relevant current literature of post-mastectomy pain syndrome and targeted muscle reinnervation, describe our current surgical technique for this operation, and present an initial cohort of patients to undergo this procedure.