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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1984 Apr;73(4):678-83.

Breast reconstruction using an inflatable breast implant with detachable reservoir.


An inflatable breast implant having a detachable filling reservoir is described. Once in position, the implant can be filled under controlled conditions postoperatively. The implant functions either as a tissue expander or as a delayed-filling implant in the initial stages of the procedure. Once the desired breast size is achieved, the reservoir is removed, leaving the filled implant in position. This implant has been used successfully in various types of breast reconstructive procedures, including both primary and secondary reconstruction following modified mastectomy, immediate reconstruction following subcutaneous mastectomy, secondary reconstruction following radical mastectomy combined with the latissimus dorsi flap, and following the removal of silicone gel implants with associated capsular contracture. A total of 23 patients, representing 34 breasts, are reported on. The results have been encouraging over a period of 20 months of follow-up.

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