Strattice™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix with an Implant

A biological tissue matrix preserves natural fibrous architecture providing a scaffold that allows in-growth of cells during the healing process. It maybe used by a surgeon beneath the patient’s skin to reinforce soft tissue where weakness exists. This is important, as it enables lower breast pole coverage of the implant without any associated donor-site morbidity. (Without the matrix, only the upper part of the implant would be covered by muscle, while the lower part would be in direct contact with the skin.)

Strattice™ Tissue Matrix is a sterile, structurally intact biological tissue matrix derived from porcine dermis. It may help surgeons mask the implant and recreate breasts that are more natural looking and feeling than those made possible by traditional breast implant reconstruction techniques. This is because it forms an “internal bra,” serving as a hammock in which the implant sits and allows for greater control of the implant position.

Artist's renderings

Strattice™ Tissue Matrix can be used for a single-stage operation. It provides additional tissue for reinforcing the weakened skin and may remove the need for an expander. Patients should always consult with their surgeon to what breast reconstruction option is right for them.

Shorter operation and may allow for one-stage reconstruction implant only procedures by providing a larger implant pocket
Shorter hospital stay
Tissue matrix masks the surface of the implant, which may lead to more natural looking and feeling breast(s)
Hold the implant in place which may help to avoid complications
Strattice™ Tissue Matrix promotes rapid revascularisation
Anchors the muscle to the chest wall
Bleeding, pain, wound infection and bruising may occur after operation
Presence of implant still presents foreign object in patient's body
Risk of infection and loss of implant

Breast reconstruction with an implant and Strattice™ Tissue Matrix has been used successfully for many years in the NHS as a viable and safe technique for breast reconstruction. It has also been used with good results in revisional breast surgery. There may be some potential adverse events associated with the use of surgical mesh materials and their implantation. Potential adverse events may be but are not limited to hematoma, seroma formation, recurrence of tissue defects, fibular formation, inflammation, and adhesion formation.

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