Article Abstract

Re-visiting post-breast surgery pain syndrome: risk factors, peripheral nerve associations and clinical implications

Authors: George Kokosis, Karan Chopra, Halley Darrach, A. Lee Dellon, Eric H. Williams


Aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery is among the most common operations performed by plastic surgeons. The prevalence of persistent pain after breast surgery remains underappreciated by plastic surgeons. Post breast surgery pain syndrome (PBSPS) is reported to range between 20–60%. It is the purpose of this paper to revisit chronic pain as a combination of the breast intervention and relate this to the peripheral nerve(s) transmitting the pain message, in order to understand the underlying etiology and to improve breast pain treatment outcomes.