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Internationaal onderzoek toont aan dat incisies behandeld met het unieke PICO◊ Negatieve Druk Systeem significant minder wondcomplicaties en een betere litteken kwaliteit geven bij patiënten met bilaterale borstreductie.

Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), wereldwijd medisch technologiebedrijf, kondigt vandaag aan dat de gegevens van een internationaal multicenter-onderzoek1 gepresenteerd op het Symposium van Esthetische Borstchirurgie (Milaan, 10-13 december , 2014), heeft aangetoond dat significant minder wondhelingscomplicaties geassocieerd met borstreductie voorkomen bij de post-operatieve toepassing van PICO Negatieve Druk Therapie. De studie, geleid door Dr Robert Galiano van de Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA, analyseerde de effectiviteit van PICO in de vermindering van post-operatieve complicaties.

200 bilaterale borstreductie-patiënten werden in zes toonaangevende centra gevolgd. PICO werd gebruikt als incisie management-systeem en vergeleken met de standaard postoperatieve wondverzorgingsprocedure (chirurgische hechtstrips). De eerste analyse geeft significant minder helingscomplicaties met PICO vergeleken met de standaardbehandeling (p =0,004), en 38% vermindering van chirurgische dehiscentie van 26.4% naar 16.2 % (p <0.001).


Littekenkwaliteit verbetering

De studie evalueerde ook het littekenkwaliteit op 42 en 90 dagen na de operatie. Beide, POSAS (Patiënt and Observer Scar Assessment Scale) en VAS (Visual Analogue Scale) scoring systemen, toonden een superieure litteken kwaliteit met PICO dan met de standaardzorg (p <0,001) op dag 42 en 90 na chirurgie.

Bij de presentatie van de bevindingen van deze studie op het Esthetische Borstchirurgie - symposium, zei Dr. Risal Djohan, van de Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA: "Deze chirurgische procedure heeft een relatief hoge frequentie van postoperatieve complicaties, vooral bij patiënten met overgewicht of obesitas, waar het percentage varieert van 21,6% tot 35% 2-5. Voor een patiëntengroep met een hoge verwachting6, biedt PICO chirurgen een reële kans om chirurgische incisie-complicaties te verminderen en het esthetisch resultaat te verbeteren. "

Dr. Maurizio Nava, voorzitter van het symposium en geassocieerd hoogleraar plastische chirurgie aan de Universiteit van Milaan, zegt 'De psychologische impact van borstoperatie is aanzienlijk en vaak zijn littekens de eerste bron van ontevredenheid voor 65% van de patients7. Gegevens uit klinisch onderzoek in borstoperaties suggereren dat innovatieve apparaten zoals PICO de incidentie van chirurgische complicaties kunnen verminderen en littekenvorming verbeteren, en dit is vooral van belang bij hoog-risico patiënten. Dit is belangrijk voor borstreductie-chirurgie, maar kan ook een impact hebben op borstreconstructie en op esthetische interventies.'

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Background Information

Background facts

Breast surgery incidence

  • Nearly 3.5 million aesthetic breast operations were performed in 20138
  • 37% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will have a mastectomy9

SSI risk: 

  • SSI risk is 4 times higher following a mastectomy, compared to cosmetic breast surgery10
  • Post-operative complications lead to prolonged hospital stay & increased hospital costs9
  • Patients with a BMI of 35 or more were twice as likely to develop an SSI9

Psychological impact:

  • 65% of aesthetic breast surgery patients said they were dissatisfied with scaring7

The Study

A prospective, randomized, intra-patient, comparative, open, multi-centre study to evaluate the efficacy of a single use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) system* on the prevention of post-surgical incision healing complications in patients undergoing bilateral breast reduction surgery. This study was sponsored by Smith & Nephew. NCT01640366

Authors and centres involved:

  • Dr Robert Galiano, Dr Thomas Mustoe, Dr Jing Liu and Katherine Anne Piserchia: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Dr Risal Djohan, Margo Rhia: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH, USA
  • Dr Joseph H Shin, Dr Zachary Farris, Dr Teresa Benequista, Roger Swayze: Montefiore Medical Centre, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
  • Professor Donald Hudson, Dr Kevin Adams: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Professor René Van der Hulst, Dr Jip Beugels, Dr Volkan Tanaydin, Dr John Sawor: Maastricht University Hospital, Maastricht, Netherlands and Viecuri Medical Center, Venlo, Netherlands
  • Professor Franck Duteille, Yann Donnio, Patricia Yego: CHU de Nantes – Hôtel Dieu, University of Nantes, Nantes, France

About PICO

PICO is cleared for use in hospital and homecare settings in Europe, US, Canada, Japan and Australia. For more information about the PICO system and the NPWT portfolio of products from Smith & Nephew, please visit 

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 14,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2013 were more than $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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