Date Added: 08/07/2017
Date Updated: 08/07/2017
Patient-controlled carbon dioxide tissue expansion for breast reconstruction
Specialties: Gynaecology, women's sexual health, benign breast disease - Oncology & radiotherapy
Technology Type: Devices
Stage of development: Established
Stage of EAA: Assessment Complete
Women who choose breast reconstruction after a mastectomy may need tissue expansion to stretch the skin and muscle of the chest to accommodate the breast implant.
Current saline-based tissue expanders require patients to visit health care providers multiple times over a period of months to receive saline injections.
The AeroForm Tissue Expander System uses carbon dioxide to achieve tissue expansion. Women can self-administer the carbon dioxide at home, which may offer greater convenience and reduce the number of office visits needed.
The AeroForm Tissue Expander System is currently marketed in Australia and the US, but not in Canada.
Evidence on the AeroForm Tissue Expander System comes from one multi-centre, randomized controlled trial in the US, and from several small, single-centre, uncontrolled studies in Australia.
Keywords: Prostheses and implants, Breast implants, Mammaplasty, Breast reconstruction, Tissue expanders, AeroForm, Carbon dioxide, Mastectomy