MTF Biologics expands its portfolio of innovations for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with the launch of an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) designed specifically for pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedures: FlexHD Pliable PRE.
Made from a proprietary process for faster integration, and fenestrated to conform and project naturally, the unique design of FlexHD Pliable PRE aims to minimize preparation time in the operating room.
FlexHD Pliable PRE was introduced during Plastic Surgery The Meeting, September 28-October 1, 2018, at McCormick Place West in Chicago.
“The pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedure is becoming more popular because it can mean a shorter surgery, less pain and reduced recovery time for patients when compared to other methods,” says Tom Shaffer, executive vice President, global sales & marketing, at MTF Biologics, in a media release from the company.
“In talking with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons across the nation, it became clear that a new tissue form designed specifically for the pre-pec procedure would be useful. So, we teamed up with surgeons advancing this area of practice to examine how we could better serve that need, and with their feedback and guidance, FlexHD Pliable PRE was born.”
The pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedure is the latest advancement in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. As part of the procedure, an implant is placed over the chest muscle directly under the skin as opposed to under the muscle as is common in most reconstruction procedures. This method eliminates the need to cut into the muscle which may mean a shorter procedure in many cases as well as less pain during recovery, and less animation deformity in the reconstructed breasts longer term.
FlexHD Pliable PRE is designed to support and conform to the breast pocket, starting as a two-dimensional pattern that transforms into a three-dimensional shape to promote aesthetic symmetry.
“With bilateral pre-pectoral breast reconstruction, time and attention is needed to achieve proper projection and symmetry,” states Aldona Spiegel, MD, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and director and founder of the Center for Breast Restoration at the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, who is the innovator of the design.
“FlexHD Pliable PRE can be used as a template for both breasts improving symmetry and efficiency in the OR, helping to achieve more natural results.”
[Source: MTF Biologics]