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Fat transfer post radiotherapy may help in breast reconstruction.

December 10, 2013

"Fat grafting seems to reduce the radiation-induced complications in implants," according to the authors of the new study, led by Dr. Salgarello Marzja of University Hospital "A. Gemelli" in Rome.

Sadly, sometimes the only way to stop the progression of breast cancer is to perform a mastectomy. Thankfully for many women the procedure is a success and they can go on to resume their normal lives after surgery. 

As part of the healing process (psycho-social and sexual), breast reconstruction is often necessary. The tried and true method is to use tissue expanders to stretch the skin and implants to help recreate a natural fuller look. 

However if the patient has had radiation therapy, unfortunately there can be increased risks when using implants due to compromised blood supply and wound healing.

A new technique involving fat grafting by liposuction is being developed which is showing promising results as an option in the reconstruction process.

The process was recently explained in an article on plasticsurgery.org

In the fat grafting technique, fat was obtained by liposuction from one part of the body-for example, the thighs-and injected into the radiation-treated area. The goal was to provide a "bed" of healthy tissue in the chest wall or remaining breast to receive the implant. All patients received two or three fat grafts. The final reconstruction, including implant placement, was performed only when the area was free of signs of radiation toxicity.

As stockists of specialist fat harvesting equipment Precise Medical is happy to offer a basic fat transfer kitthat has everything you need to get started.

If you have any further questions - don't hesitate to contact us on 1800 689 400 / admin@precisemedical.com.au

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