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Breast Expander to Help Ease Cancer Patients after Operation

Apr 26th 2012 at 3:38 AM

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer afflicting women worldwide. Though conservative surgery can be an option, not all forms of breast cancer can be treated with it. Most forms of breast cancer are invasive in nature, indicating a need for surgery or more invasive approach. For the invasive forms, surgical removal of the breast tissue is usually done, causing some form of disturbance in a patient’s body image. A recent technology has been developed to help breast cancer patients deal with this physical change easier.

After surgical removal of breast tissue and other affected areas (mastectomy), most breast cancer patients feel that they have lost something that used to define who they are. It’s like they feel that they are no longer the same person because of this radical change. This is why they opt to have a reconstructive surgery to restore the original look of their breasts and not feel alienated from their own body. A company in Bay Area named ‘AirXpanders’ has developed a device known as a breast expander that enables patients to recover quickly.

This expander is implanted under the breast tissue where it then expands to create enough space for breast implants in the future. It does this by administering small amounts of carbon dioxide into the device in order to stretch the scar tissue and skin over time. The device is controlled by a wireless remote that is very easy to use, so people won’t have a difficult time reading manuals. With only two buttons, one to turn it on and one to administer carbon dioxide, there is no room for confusion.

What’s good about it is that patients are the ones who control the inflation of the expander. They have total control which translates to them having control of their recovery time. This is a good alternative to the expanders that have been used before, which involves saline injection every few weeks that increases the likelihood of infection. In addition to that, there is gradual expansion of breast tissue space so lesser trauma is experienced. In a clinical trial performed, it was found that women are able to reach optimal expansion in a shorter amount of time. Women usually achieve full expansion in a matter of 15 days, as compared to months with traditional breast expanders.

The pain and discomfort felt by patients are also reduced because they do not have to undergo frequent needle pricks. The gradual expansion of the skin allows patients to adjust and adapt to the changes before they put in more gas to allow expansion. Since the expanders are placed right where the breast tissue was removed, a more natural contour is achieved after. This allows women to feel more natural and their original self when the breast implants are put in place. Expander use has also reduced overall treatment cost because less follow ups are needed.

Giving women – particularly cancer patients – a chance to feel whole again is an important factor. The trauma and stress of dealing with the disease itself and undergoing all the treatment plans to manage her disease is burden enough, which is why giving them power and control over how they feel about themselves is a big thing. It gives them hope that everything will turn out fine. As with all researches and clinical trials, breast expanders are still being carefully studied and tested to make sure there are no adverse effects caused. Only time can tell, but with the feedback and comments of those who have used it, breast expanders may have its own place in the medical field soon.

 

NOTE : This article is originally posted by cosmeticsurgerynews.

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Breast Expander to Help Ease Cancer Patients after Operation

Apr 30th 2012 at 10:51 PM

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer afflicting women worldwide. Though conservative surgery can be an option, not all forms of breast cancer can be treated with it. Most forms of breast cancer are invasive in nature, indicating a need for surgery or more invasive approach. For the invasive forms, surgical removal of the breast tissue is usually done, causing some form of disturbance in a patient’s body image. A recent technology has been developed to help breast cancer patients deal with this physical change easier.

After surgical removal of breast tissue and other affected areas (mastectomy), most breast cancer patients feel that they have lost something that used to define who they are. It’s like they feel that they are no longer the same person because of this radical change. This is why they opt to have a reconstructive surgery to restore the original look of their breasts and not feel alienated from their own body. A company in Bay Area named ‘AirXpanders’ has developed a device known as a breast expander that enables patients to recover quickly.

This expander is implanted under the breast tissue where it then expands to create enough space for breast implants in the future. It does this by administering small amounts of carbon dioxide into the device in order to stretch the scar tissue and skin over time. The device is controlled by a wireless remote that is very easy to use, so people won’t have a difficult time reading manuals. With only two buttons, one to turn it on and one to administer carbon dioxide, there is no room for confusion.

What’s good about it is that patients are the ones who control the inflation of the expander. They have total control which translates to them having control of their recovery time. This is a good alternative to the expanders that have been used before, which involves saline injection every few weeks that increases the likelihood of infection. In addition to that, there is gradual expansion of breast tissue space so lesser trauma is experienced. In a clinical trial performed, it was found that women are able to reach optimal expansion in a shorter amount of time. Women usually achieve full expansion in a matter of 15 days, as compared to months with traditional breast expanders.

The pain and discomfort felt by patients are also reduced because they do not have to undergo frequent needle pricks. The gradual expansion of the skin allows patients to adjust and adapt to the changes before they put in more gas to allow expansion. Since the expanders are placed right where the breast tissue was removed, a more natural contour is achieved after. This allows women to feel more natural and their original self when the breast implants are put in place. Expander use has also reduced overall treatment cost because less follow ups are needed.

Giving women – particularly cancer patients – a chance to feel whole again is an important factor. The trauma and stress of dealing with the disease itself and undergoing all the treatment plans to manage her disease is burden enough, which is why giving them power and control over how they feel about themselves is a big thing. It gives them hope that everything will turn out fine. As with all researches and clinical trials, breast expanders are still being carefully studied and tested to make sure there are no adverse effects caused. Only time can tell, but with the feedback and comments of those who have used it, breast expanders may have its own place in the medical field soon.

 

NOTE : This Article Is originally posted by cosmeticsurgerynews.

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