Acellular Dermal Matrices: The New Standard In Breast Reconstruction
Recent advances in breast cancer surgical techniques, such as the advent of nipple-sparing mastectomy, along with growing physician acceptance of new biomaterials capable of improving outcomes following implant-based breast reconstruction, are making mastectomy and reconstruction surgery a more attractive treatment option for many breast cancer patients and will help drive strong growth in the US breast reconstruction market in the years ahead.
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