What issues should be addressed before breast reconstruction with expanders and implants?

Updated: Jul 29, 2021
  • Author: Mark F Deutsch, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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In reconstruction with expanders and implants (see the image below), address several issues before the initial procedure:

  • Will the patient's breast be irradiated preoperatively or postoperatively?

  • Will skin closure over the expander pose a problem?

  • What is the approximate size of the implant to be used?

    Expander-implant breast reconstruction. Textured s Expander-implant breast reconstruction. Textured saline expandable implant with built-in port.

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