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Advances in breast reconstruction techniques for the correction of deformities resultant from treatment for breast cancer have shown great potential and results. This specifically relates to the usage of acellular dermis which is specially treated human tissue devoid of cells, infective agents and immunogenic potential (can’t be rejected by one’s body). Used for several years now, it has established a great track record in this usage.

Several biomedical companies offer this tissue though there are clearly differences in the products, results and risks. AlloDerm® by LifeCell Corp. has been the most studied of these with the results being superior.

In the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Vol. 124 Number 6), a study from the University of Rochester delineated several advantages of acellular dermis in breast reconstruction. For immediate breast reconstruction using tissue expanders, they noted that the expanders could be filled to far greater amounts when AlloDerm® was employed as compared to a different technique. Postoperative inflations were fewer and completed much sooner and allowed for the insertion of the final breast implant at an earlier date. This translated into an accelerated rate of reconstruction, more predictable and satisfactory results and the potential for a better aesthetic appearance. Best of all, there was no significant difference in complication rates with its usage.

I have been using AlloDerm® in my patients undergoing immediate as well as late breast reconstruction procedures and have found it to be an incredibly invaluable addition. It allows for clearly superior and more predictable results in configuration, positioning and softness and reduces the need for subsequent procedures to further refine the results.

If you would like to obtain additional information on breast reconstruction including the usage of tissue expanders or on any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or if you want to schedule a consultation with me, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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