Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1122–1127 | Cite as

Modified Wise-Pattern Reduction Mammaplasty, a New Tool for Upper Quadrantectomies: A Preliminary Report

  • F. Santanelli
  • G. Paolini
  • A. Campanale
  • B. Longo
  • C. Amanti
Breast Oncology



Quadrantectomy is an oncological safe procedure for early breast cancer, but it often results in poor aesthetic results such as breast shape deformity, more visible if the tumor is located in the upper pole. We suggest the use of a modified Wise-pattern breast reduction in patients with moderate to severe breast hypertrophy and tumor located in upper quadrants that keeps the oncological advantages of the quadrantectomy but with better aesthetical results.

Material and Methods

Quadrantectomy of the upper quadrant, immediate breast reconstruction and contralateral breast reduction to obtain symmetry was performed on 11 patients affected by early breast cancer with bra cup size from C to E. To replace the skin area removed with mastectomy from the upper quadrants, a similar-size area from the lower pole was preserved.


All patients healed uneventfully within 15 days, and no local or distant recurrences occurred with mean follow-up of 26.5 months (range 19–39 months). In all cases natural breast shape was achieved. The scars were similar to a reduction mammaplasty, and the medial or lateral scar on the upper quadrant did not aesthetically disfigure the décolleté.


Modified Wise-pattern reduction mammaplasty is a valid technique as immediate breast reconstruction to obtain a natural breast mound after upper quadrantectomies on patients with medium/large breasts.


Sentinel Node Axillary Node Dissection Breast Reconstruction Breast Reduction Reduction Mammaplasty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Santanelli
    • 1
  • G. Paolini
    • 1
  • A. Campanale
    • 2
    • 3
  • B. Longo
    • 1
  • C. Amanti
    • 4
  1. 1.Plastic Surgery UnitSant’Andrea Hospital, II School of Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Master in “Breast Reconstruction” 2007/2008Sant’Andrea Hospital, II School of Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Plastic Surgery UnitSchool of Medicine, University of Foggia, “Ospedali Riuniti” HospitalFoggiaItaly
  4. 4.Breast Surgery UnitSant’Andrea Hospital, II School of Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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