Comparing fitness performance before and after breast reduction surgery

Kerry Latham*, Walter Brehm, Danny J. Sharon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Breast reduction is one of the most commonly performed surgeries by plastic surgeons. Patients may receive many benefits and overall complications are low allowing for breast reduction to be a popular procedure offered by plastic surgeons. Fitness improvement is a perceived benefit but has not been objectively demonstrated, which is the purpose of this study. Methods: An IRB approved retrospective review of fitness performance scores before and after breast reduction for symptomatic macromastia in active duty women was performed. Results: No improvement or statistically significant difference was demonstrate in overall fitness, push-ups, sit-ups, waist measurement, or 1.5-mile run time. All women reported relief of symptoms of macromastia and felt more comfortable exercising. Conclusions: Although comfort during exercise improves, actual fitness performance remains unchanged. Fitness requirements of active duty members allowed for this unique opportunity to study actual fitness performance in breast reduction patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1354
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


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