What is a Tissue Expander | Breast Reconstruction Overview

What is a Tissue Expander | Breast Reconstruction Overview


[MUSIC] If the best option for
you is a staged reconstruction, you will most likely receive
a temporary tissue expander at the time of your mastectomy. During mastectomy,
the surgeon creates a pocket, generally behind the chest
muscle where a temporary tissue expander may be placed. At the time of surgery, the surgeon will insert
small surgical drains for your body’s natural
healing fluid. Through a port located
inside the expander, the team will periodically
inject saltwater solution to fill the expander
over a few months. The expander gradually
stretches the muscle and skin in preparation for either an implant or
tissue reconstruction. After the skin over
the breast area has stretched to the appropriate size, the expander will be removed
in a second operation and the final reconstruction
will be performed. Most often,
we place a sheet of collagen, a material that is natural in
your body as reinforcement for the tissue expander. This is called an acellular
dermal collagen matrix in which blood vessels grow in over
time becoming a part of you. This provides an internal bra of
sorts or a sling to support your reconstruction by preserving
the fold under the breast. The whole process can take weeks
to months and is different for each individual, depending
on whether treatment such as chemotherapy or
radiation therapy are required. The tissue expander
is always temporary, hospitalization is
usually overnight. And women are usually back to
work within two to four weeks, depending on the type of job. There is some discomfort
with the expansion process, because it is stretching
the chest muscle, but most women find that it is
most sore in the first couple of weeks improving over time and
is overall very well tolerated. The drains will remain in for
one to two weeks. At Johns Hopkins, your experienced breast
reconstruction team will do everything possible to make your
breasts look and feel as natural as possible and will be able to
answer any of the questions or concerns at any time
throughout your treatment.

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20 Replies to “What is a Tissue Expander | Breast Reconstruction Overview”

  1. kyu allah ki kudrat ko badl rahe ho. allah ne tumhe nvaaza hai To kami kis cheez ki jo Sergey ki jarrurt pad gyi

  2. I just had this done yesterday 7/22/19. Is is painful? Yes, but i dont have to worry about radiation now and having a chance to be cancer free💘

  3. Gay male and currently transitioning into female. My hormones let me grow boobs to b cups but do want d cups. Any help on what implant or surgery can give the best natural look? Or should I keep my b cups instead? I been on hormones for 3 years.

  4. i hate these stuff it's gros anyways it's bad for health and its better flat because GOD alredy gave humans the nature one not the plastic one its litterly gros

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