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Is a tissue expansion treatment a good option for children?

Is a tissue expansion treatment a good option for children?

Not a good option: How old is your child that she needs tissue expansion? . On general principles i would say it is not a good option for children. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

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


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What is the recovery period after having a tissue expansion treatment done?

What is the recovery period after having a tissue expansion treatment done?

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

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Possible to get breast implants, tissue expansion or a musculocutaneous flap procedure at 50?

Possible to get breast implants, tissue expansion or a musculocutaneous flap procedure at 50?

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

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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

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 : 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

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What is tissue diagnosis?

What is tissue diagnosis?

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

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How to heal nerve tissues?

How to heal nerve tissues?

Depends: Complicated question as nerves can heal with the right energy, and nutrients and appropriate protection and use of the injured area. Best to discuss specifics with a practitioner. ...Read more

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What organs and tissues can you donate?

What organs and tissues can you donate?

Many: Organs: heart, lungs, larynx, esophagus, liver, kidney, pancreas, small intestine, hands, face, abdominal wall tissues: blood, skin, bone, cornea. ...Read more

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What is soft tissue edema?

What is soft tissue edema?

Anything other than: Anything other than bone is considered to be soft tissue. Usually one sees soft tissue edema or water swelling in the lower extremities especially when you press a finger into the skin, you leave an indent that goes away in a few minutes. ...Read more

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What is epithelial tissue??

What is epithelial tissue??

Outer layer of skin: The epithelial tissue is the outer layer skin and the visible portion. ...Read more