DIY breast reconstruction lets women finish the procedure at home

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.11.18
DIY breast reconstruction lets women finish the procedure at home
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Doctors are testing a device that could let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home. Breast reconstructions often involve tissue expanders to stretch the skin. To make room for a permanent implant, in fact, many of them get a tissue expander, a temporary pouch that is gradually enlarged with saline to stretch the remaining skin and muscle. This means trips to the doctor every week or two for several months for injections of saline into the pouch, which can be a painful ordeal. But the new 'remote control' device AeroForm lets women administer doses at home. It activates a cartridge inside the pouch to pump gas, up to 3 times a day. Its use requires no special training, wires or tubes — just a palm-sized remote control that activates a tiny cartridge inside the pouch to pump gas, up to three times a day according to how the woman feels. The device comes in three sizes. Women can choose the amount of inflation up to a point, limited by how much tissue is left and how far the device can expand. Once fully expanded, the device is removed and replaced with a breast implant. It's sold in Australia, approved in Europe and under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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