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Minerva Chirurgica 2002 October;57(5):711-6

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language: Italian

A computer-based preoperative planning for the surgical treatment of unilateral breast hypoplasia

Raposio E., Caregnato P., Barabino P., Gualdi A., Orefice A., Spagnolo A., Capello C., Santi P. L.


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Background. Aim of this paper is to describe a computer program which can provide objective and quantitative data useful for the selection of the proper implant in order to obtain the symmetry with the contralateral breast in case of unilateral breast reconstruction by tissue expansion, especially for the surgeon without experience or for the occasional operator.
Methods. Our C++ program provides the final implant volume using the measurements of the semi-circumference and projection of the contralateral breast performed on the supine patient. The aim is the symmetry of the two breasts.
Results. According to our experience in breast reconstruction by tissue expanders, this program allows non invasive and simple measurements of the breast volume, useful to obtain the mammary symmetry.
Conclusions. In case of breast reconstruction by tissue expansion, the preoperative evaluation is usually based on the surgeon's experience and on empirical observations without knowing the correct volume to reach. For this reason our program is useful to know the necessary volume for breast reconstruction, and therefore it allows the surgeon to obtain a better plastic result.

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