What to do for encapsulated implant?

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Question from Karen: 9 years post mastectomy w/breast reconstruction. Implant rejected — has encapsulated and does not feel or look presentable. HELP!
Answers - Joseph Serletti I think you need to go to a plastic surgeon who has a reputation for providing a broad spectrum of breast reconstruction. It sounds like you would be best served with removing the implant and using a reconstruction that uses the patient's own tissue, such as a TRAM flap or one of its muscle-preserving alternatives.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction Updates featured Joseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about breast reconstruction.

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