The portion of women who elected to have breast reconstruction surgeries after mastectomies increased 65 percent between 2009 and 2014, with the sharpest rise occurring among women 65 and older, according to a new analysis by AHRQ. During the same timeframe, reconstructive surgeries increased more than 150 percent in outpatient settings while reconstructions in inpatient settings stayed stable. The new statistical brief, released during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was developed by AHRQ researchers who mined data from the Agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, including information on inpatient care, ambulatory care and emergency department visits. The new analysis found that, while about 24 in 100 women chose reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy in 2009, that rate rose to about 40 women out of every 100 in 2014. The analysis also found that in 2014, women who lived in rural areas had fewer reconstructions (29 per 100 mastectomies) compared with urban-dwelling women (41 reconstructions per 100 mastectomies), and that black women were more likely to receive breast reconstruction surgery in an inpatient setting compared with white and Hispanic women. Access AHRQ’s press release to learn more.
Adela M. Miller, B.S., Claudia A. Steiner, M.D., M.P.H., Marguerite L. Barrett, M.S., Kathryn R. Fingar, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D.