Platelet Gel to reconstruct the breast
Surgeons Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona (Barcelona) have developed a platelet gel that serves to restore the volume of a breast after removal of a tumor, which is placed in the same surgery and preserves the shape of the breast.
The technique, which has been developed in collaboration with the Blood and Tissue Bank at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), is a pioneer in the world and has been applied to fifty women with very good results, as reported by center in a statement.
The treatment is the result of a research project led by Joan Francesc surgeon Julian, and is a new technology applied to surgery that does not require subsequent reconstruction or placement of breast implants to alleviate the vacuum generated by the removal of a breast tumor.
Experts noted that platelets derived from blood from a donor and with them produces a gel with a consistency similar to that of the breast, which restores volume and gradually regenerates collagen fibers lost.
While circulating in the blood, platelets are not cells, but cell fragments, so that even if a donor did not reject the recipient. They also contain growth factors and immunomodulators that accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
In the case of removing only the tumor, so far no breast reconstructed at the same time, but later, once the deformity appeared the area was filled with hyaluronic acid or fat from the patient, but not always with the results expected.
Hospital sources Germans Trias i Pujol said that so far the gel has been tested successfully in more than 100 patients who underwent lumpectomy or removal of the tumor.
The new technology have patented the three institutions involved in the project, the hospital and the Institute Germans Trias, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Blood and Tissue Bank, and the patent has been obtained to fill the gaps left by the extirpation of breast tumors, and to fill other regions of the human body.
In the development of this gel, as well as Dr. Joan Francesc Julian, who has coordinated the research, doctors have participated Navin Jordi, Joan Ramon Grífols, Itziar Pascual, Mireia Botey, Antonio Mariscal, Sara Vizcaya, Rosa Ballester, Eva Castellà, Mary del Carmen Sánchez, Francesc García Cuyàs and Jaume Fernández-Llamazares.