Slovenian doctors unveil new breast reconstruction technique
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Few things can be as overwhelming for a woman after a mastectomy as asking
herself what comes next. Losing a breast to cancer can be a traumatic experience,
especially when chemotherapy or radiation treatments temporarily take your hair
and overall health away. However, breast reconstruction has helped thousands of
women start feeling complete again, and a group of Slovenian doctors have announced a new form of the surgery.
Researchers at the Ljubljana UKC Hospital created a breast reconstruction operation that uses laser scanning to
make a 3D mold of a woman's healthy breast. The procedure, which is only intended for women who have had a
single mastectomy, uses a mirror-image version of the scan-based mold as the basis for a new breast.
When performing the so-called "mold reconstruction," doctors use liposuction to take abdominal fat and inject it
beneath the pectoral scar.
Women who do not have enough fat tissue for the surgery can receive an implant or have a back muscle
transplanted to her chest. In all cases, the 3D mold is used to ensure breast symmetry.
So far, the hospital reports eight mold reconstructions, all of which were successful.
Ljubljana Surgeons Develop New Breast Reconstruction Method. Apr 12, 2011. Republic of Slovenia Government
ews%5Bnewsletter%5D=103Accessed May 3, 2011.
Extract: Researchers at the Ljubljana UKC Hospital created a breast reconstruction operation that uses laser
scanning to make a 3D mold of a woman's healthy breast.
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