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Breast reconstruction: volume replacement 

Breast reconstruction: volume replacement
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Breast reconstruction: volume replacement
Author(s):

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215065.003.0019
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date: 21 August 2019

Breast reconstruction surgery: volume replacement. This chapter represents an overview of the common forms of breast reconstructive surgery. It takes readers through the process from deciding when a reconstruction is warranted to deciding which operations to offer the patient. The indications and selection of volume replacement are addressed including vital issues to include in the pre-operative history and examination. Basic principles, advantages, disadvantages, contraindications, consent issues and likely outcomes are detailed for each type of reconstruction. Reconstructive techniques discussed include implant based and acellular dermal matrix based reconstruction, latissimusdorsi as well as abdominal flaps (pedicled and free flaps).

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