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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Dec;63(12):2128-32. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

The osmotic tissue expander: a 5-year experience.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, EH9 2HE, UK.


Tissue expansion is a valuable technique in soft tissue reconstruction. Osmotic expanders are self-inflating and obviate the need for repeated injections. In doing so, they eliminate port site problems and may reduce the potential to introduce infection. The use of such expanders has become more common in recent years. We report on our experience with the Osmed™ osmotic expanders over the last 5-years.

Copyright © 2010 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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