Sulmaniya Medical Complex (Government Hospital) Kingdom of Bahrain
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: Health Care: Current Reviews
Most women who have had a breast mastectomy can have reconstruction. Women choose breast reconstruction for many reasons as to make their chest look balanced when they are wearing a bra or swimsuit and permanently regain their breast shape. In our part of the world, women are especially sensitive about the appearance of their body and the loss of such an important organ can be the source of immense psychological trauma. Breast reconstruction surgery is well-known in Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) since 2 decades; however, it has not been utilized fully by women who underwent mastectomy for breast cancer. Some of the factors which may contribute to the reduced use of reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy include: Lack of awareness of the availability of such service in SMC, patient and surgeon attitude towards reconstructive surgery, patient belief, values and culture. Quantitative design was used and data was collected by using formulated questionnaire with a total sample of 66 patients in oncology acute health care settings in one of the hospitals in Bahrain. Interviews were conducted for both surgeon and plastic surgeon. I hope to improve mental health of women with breast cancer and help them cope and enjoy their life after mastectomy.
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