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What happens during delayed prosthetic breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
During delayed prosthetic breast reconstruction, a tissue expander or a permanent implant may be placed carefully under the breast flap. Most often, after total mastectomy, expansion is required with the use of a tissue expander. The expansion continues for several months on a weekly basis. Fluid is placed into the port each week. On a separted surgical setting, the expander and port are then removed and a permanent prosthesis (silicone gel implant) is exchanged. Candidates for this delayed procedure may include women undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, tamoxifen, or psychological desire to wait. 

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