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The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more
Where and how much?: Depends on where on your body and how big the area that was treated. The doc doing the surgery should make this perfectly clear to you before you get it done. Always ask any question first! Take notes. Take someone with you to hear any explanations, especially a person who may assist in your recovery. Two sets of ears are better than one! Make a list of questions, and write them down, beforehand ...Read more
Scar expansion?: YES. But why do you inquiry?Get a more detailed answer ›
I am getting tissue expansion right now. Very sensitive to clothes and is rubbing on my chest wall. What can I wear to feel comfortable?
Loose cotton clothes: Loose fitting, soft, natural fabrics without dyes should be the only fibers touching your skin...but ask your physician for his/her recommendations. ...Read more
Yes.: Please see a board certified plastic surgeon. They will go over your individual history and situation. Together you will make a plan that is good for you. ...Read more
What is the recovery period after having a tissue expansion treatment done? After my mastectomy, my doctor suggested that I have a tissue expansion procedure done to help reconstruct my breasts. I have just spent a lot of time recovering from cancer, and
First and foremost, I wish you health, courage, and strength in your recovery from breast cancer.
Tissue expansion is a very common approach to breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Very nice results can be achieved by expanding your own tissue to accommodate permanent breast implants. This approach gives you a lot of control over final size selection, and avoids the risks associated with operations that remove tissue from other parts of your body to replace breast tissue.
If I understand your question correctly, you have already had a mastectomy, and are now considering having tissue expanders placed after having healed from the first operation. The operation to secondarily place the expanders involves using the same incision made for the mastectomy, creating a space under your chest muscle (pectoralis major, or "pec"), and sometimes using donor material to create a nicely shaped lower breast contour. There is some tightness and discomfort associated with placing the expanders, and I typically recommend to my patients that they take about a week off of work. Most women who work a desk job can return to their normal job functions in a week and not require narcotic pain meds during the day, but women who work more strenuous physical jobs may need to be off work or on light duty (lifting less than 15 lbs) for about 4 weeks.
Depending on your plastic surgeon's preferences, you will likely begin the expansion process about 3 weeks after the surgery to have the expanders placed. This involves coming in to your plastic surgeon's office every 1-3 weeks to have the expanders filled with a moderate volume of saline each time until you reach your desired size. The expansion itself involves minimal discomfort, as a small needle is used to access and fill the expanders. You can return to work on the same day or the day following your expansions.
Surgery to place your permanent implants can proceed about 8 weeks after your size goal is reached, and the permanent implants will feel softer and have a much more natural appearance than the filled expanders.
All the best to you in your recovery,
dr. Skourtis. ...Read more
Pathology: A "mass" can be anything including non-cancer. A piece of tissue from a mass (or bone marrow biopsy, or blood) placed on a glass slide for a pathologist to review with special stains and sometimes molecular tests can give a "tissue diagnosis". With very few exceptions (eg, hcc, germ cell cancer) oncologists require a "tissue diagnosis" before treating cancer. ...Read more
Bruises, etc....: Soft tissue is a collective term applied to injury of skin, the fat and layers beneath the skin, but also can include the muscles, ligaments, tendons and even nerves if passing through that area. It is a colloquial term rather than a specific medical term that would accurately describe an injury. ...Read more
Unclear question: Did you remove any tissue from your body yourself? If you did it not a good thing and you should see your doctor. If a doctor removed any tissues, those should have been sent a pathologists for examination for abnormalities. ...Read more
It is unlikely: Petit mal or absence phenomena, with EEG changes of wave-spike 3 times per minute are usually a relatively non-progressive specific brain irregular activity. It is not the common manifestation of tumors, ischemia, or masses in the brain tissue. It is not a degenerative disease. The treatment options are quite successful. ...Read more
An operation: The process of removing organs and tissues for transplant is carried out like any other operation. The donors are treated with respect and covered in the same manner as any other surgical patient. The surgical team removing the organs commonly has mixed feelings of happiness and sadness thoughout the process. ...Read more
Common: It is common that the area that previously housed a boil, can become hardened secondary to the natural process of healing. This can include swelling, tenderness and recruitment of fibrous tissues for scar formation, which can all give a hardened characteristic to the area. ...Read more
Overlapping: Tissue is normal. Since a mammogram is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object, the occasional overlap of normal tissue superimposed on normal tissue behind it, or in front of it, sometimes looks like an abnormality. Extra views are then necessary to spread out the tissue and prove that it is normal. Only normal tissue will spread out. Real masses persist on extra views. ...Read more
Depends on how many!:
Many diseases are called connective tissue disease, but if you them autimmune diseases, you would include thyroiditis, which causes hypothyroidism.
The 10% of the population would have one. But if you define connective disease as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, mctd, scleroderma, and sjogren's syndrome, then slightly less than 2%. ...Read more
Many causes: Tissue that is inflamed (infection, immunity, injury) leaks protein-rich fluid into the interstitial spaces. Increased pressure in the veins (a rubber band around a finger, running when you're out of shape), low serum albumin, or fluid overload in kidney failure, and plugged lymphatics are the other causes. Edema's a key feature in everything from a mosquito bite to severe heart failure. ...Read more