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Can One’s Body Really “Swallow” a Breast Implant?

A few days ago, there were countless headlines and stories in the media about a woman whose breast implant was “swallowed” by her body while doing Pilates. These were in response to a medical report documenting an unusual case that was just published in the Dec. 15th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. …

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The Effects of Previous Unilateral Breast Radiation Treatments On Bilateral Breast Reconstruction Using Tissue Expanders

Women who undergo bilateral breast reconstruction have the best possible chance of obtaining relatively symmetrical results. This would be independent of the technique employed, whether it is immediate insertion of implants, utilization of tissue expanders or flap procedures such as a TRAM flap. A significant exception to this would be unilateral radiation treatments as adjunct …

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A Small Percentage of Breast Reduction Specimens Contain Cancer Not Detected By Mammogram

Most patients undergoing a breast reduction should have a fairly recent mammogram prior to surgery if they are past a certain age. The reason for this is that if any abnormal findings are detected that need further delineation, they should be pursued before proceeding with the planned breast reduction. A finding of breast cancer would …

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Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction Can Be Challenging In Women With Previous Radiation Therapy

Though radiation therapy is important in many situations for the treatment of breast cancer, it does present a challenge for breast reconstruction. Its permanent effects on the tissues of the chest can be significant and will have some impact on the reconstructive results. The ionizing radiation injures and destroys healthy cells leading to scarring, thickening …

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Do Silicone Breast Implants Lower Your Risk for Developing Breast Cancer?

You must be thinking that there has to be a typo here. If anything, from all the news media palaver in the past, it is the opposite that must be true. Actually, this is the right question and it does have an unexpected answer. Silicone breast implants have been subjected to more scrutiny and studies …

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