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Direct to Implant ("One Step") Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Reduces Number of Surgeries and Time to Final Cosmetic Results
Date:5/23/2013

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct to implant, or "one step," breast reconstruction following mastectomy is an appropriate option for many women with BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene mutations seeking to surgically reduce their breast cancer risk, or with breast cancer. Traditionally, post-mastectomy reconstruction involves a gradual expansion process and a second surgery to insert permanent implants, but immediate placement of implants in the same surgery as mastectomy can be a medically and cosmetically effective alternative.

The direct to implant procedure provides an immediate breast reconstruction within one surgery, with a permanent implant placed in the breast immediately following breast tissue removal. A specially prepared skin tissue, or acellular dermal matrix (ADM), is positioned over the implant as a muscle extender to avoid the need for tissue expanders. Direct to implant breast reconstruction is often performed as part of a nipple sparing mastectomy.

" Angelina Jolie and other celebrities who have disclosed their breast cancer risk-reduction choices have helped open a public dialogue that benefits high-risk women facing similar decisions," said C. Andrew Salzberg, MD, of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery and associate professor at NY Medical College and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, who pioneered the direct to implant breast reconstruction procedure using ADM more than a decade ago. "It's important that women are made aware of the range of surgical options available to them."

"Many women are eligible for direct to implant surgery, which provides excellent aesthetic results with reduced physical discomfort and time to final cosmetic results," sai
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