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Controlled tissue-expansion in reconstructive surgery

(1988) Rappard, Julien Henri Antoine van

Tissue-expansion is a technique that was developed some years ago to close skin defects. This technique offers various advantages above the conventional methods. Tissue-expansion can be described as follows: an inflatable ballon is implanted next to an existing skin defect - or next to skin that has to be excised later. Its volume is enlarged by regular injection of physiologic saline. This inflation 'expands' the overlying tissue, thus increasing surface-area. After removal of the 'tissue-expander' a skin surplus remains, which is used to close the adjacent skin defect. Obviously this method can also serve other reconstructive purposes. Several of the numerous possible aspects of tissue-expansion are put forward in this thesis. ...

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