Most breast reconstruction procedures are performed using implants or expanders. To help support the implants or expanders, plastic surgeons use materials like acellular dermal matrix and synthetic meshes, but, until recently, the plastic surgery community lacked large studies on the use of synthetic mesh for breast reconstruction, and its safety.
Dr. Matthew McLeod was involved in a retrospective chart review of all patients over the past seven years who had implant reconstruction with synthetic absorbable mesh at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Data were collected on demographic and surgical outcomes, and the reviewers performed statistical analysis.
Read on to learn whether synthetic absorbable mesh is a safe alternative material to use in prosthetic breast reconstruction.
Read the scientific review here.