A New Device for Easier De-epithelization in Mamaplasty
The de-epithelization technique described by Schwartzmann
in 1930 is still the first step in all modern reduction
mammaplasty. To employ this technique, it is frequently
necessary to have one or two assistants encircle the
base of the breast and apply pressure.
This manual approach has two drawbacks. First, even
when manual pressure is applied, the breast is often
still too flabby. Secondly, this procedure requires
the full time attention of personnel whom are critical
to other duties during surgery.
Recent French technology, developed by Professor Costagliola
in Toulouse, has addressed this situation. The MAMMOSTAT
helps provide consistent pressure for de-epithelization,
reducing operating fatigue for both the surgeon and
assistant. This device, which has been used with great
success in Europe, is now available in the U.S. through
The MAMMOSTAT is re-usable and can be sterilized with
an autoclave or ethylene-oxide. The MAMMOSTAT is not
packaged sterilized. The Mammostat can be placed in
a steam autoclave at 273 degree F. for 20 min at 2 bars.
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