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

Description, patients and keywords:

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