En Bloc Capsulectomy
En bloc capsulectomy refers to a breast implant removal procedure that extracts the implant and surrounding scar tissue at the same time, leaving the implant encased in the scar capsule at the time of removal. Since one of the prime benefits of the en bloc technique is the decreased risk of silicone and chemical leakage, this technique is often preferred when addressing implants that are ruptured, old, or silicone-filled. While a capsulectomy aims to remove both the implant and scar capsule, not all capsulectomy procedures are performed using the en bloc approach—for example, a surgeon performing a total capsulectomy may open the scar capsule, remove the implants, and then subsequently remove the surrounding scar tissue. An en bloc capsulectomy specifically refers to the simultaneous removal of the implant and scar tissue while the implant remains inside the unbroken scar capsule.
En Bloc Removal of a Patient – Implant Removed En Bloc with Capsule Intact
Interoperative Procedure Demonstrating Our En Bloc Technique for En Bloc Removal
En Bloc Removal of an Extremely Thin Capsule Using Fine Instruments
Cultures and DNA Testing of Removed Material
En Bloc Capsulectomy Consultation
Dr. Joe and Dr. Chopra have considerable experience performing an en bloc capsulectomy and would be happy to discuss this procedure to Minneapolis and/or out-of-town patients seeking breast implant removal. It’s important to note that depending on how thin the capsule is, as well as how tightly the scar tissue adheres to the chest wall, en bloc implant removal may not be possible. Along the same vein, complete extraction of all scar tissue may not be feasible in situations where removing a portion of the capsule threatens injury to the lungs or other tissues. In these cases, Dr. Joe or Dr. Chopra will take the appropriate steps to enable proper sterilization of the remaining capsule. Rest assured that your plastic surgeon will review your medical history and anatomical indicators to determine the best method of explantation for you.
To learn more about en bloc capsulectomy procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our plastic surgeons at Gryskiewicz Twin Cities Cosmetic Surgery.