The new Aeroform Tissue Expander System lets women do this on their own time outside of a doctor’s office. The product was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in December.
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Premier stated in clinical trials the system reduced the expansion process from 46 days to 21 days on average and allowed women to get long-term implants a month sooner.
“Normally, they’re bound by my office hours and their work schedules,” plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hicks stated. “Some patients in our nine-county area live an hour away from my office.” Additionally, patients “have been poked and prodded enough” between their diagnosis and mastectomy and often hesitate to undergo a painful expansion process.
So far, the new system has been used four times locally. The first local surgery was performed June 27 by Dr. Thaddeus P. O’Neill, at Miami Valley Hospital South.
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