General Information About AeroForm
What is the AeroForm Tissue Expander System?
The AeroForm Tissue Expander System is a needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expander used for breast reconstruction. The expander is placed in the chest after a mastectomy procedure. After surgery, the expander is gradually filled with carbon dioxide using a remote dosage controller. The device is easy to use and can be operated by the patient at home. By gradually expanding the device, space is created under the skin and often the muscle of the chest. After the space is created the expander is removed and a breast implant is put in its place.
Where is AeroForm currently available?
AeroForm is currently available in the U.S. on a limited basis. Contact Customer Service at USCustomerService@airxpanders.com
or 1-877-349-2479 to inquire if AeroForm is available in your area.
Who is a candidate for AeroForm?
AeroForm is for women who have had or are having a mastecomy procedure and need to have tissue expansion for breast reconstruction. Please discuss this with your doctor, who can help you decide whether the AeroForm is a good option for you.
I had a mastectomy years ago; can I still get AeroForm?
Yes, AeroForm is for women who have had or are having a mastectomy procedure and need to have tissue expansion for breast reconstruction. Please discuss this with your doctor, who can help you decide whether the AeroForm is a good option for you.
Is AeroForm covered by health insurance?
The U.S. Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires insurance companies that cover the cost of mastectomy procedures to also cover the cost of breast reconstruction. This includes coverage for breast reconstruction in women who decide to have a preventative mastectomy due to genetic risk, family history or because of cancer in the other breast. This also includes coverage of surgical procedures to the non-affected breast (breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation) to ensure both breasts are the same size, shape and position. The cost of the AeroForm Tissue Expander and Dosage Controller is included in the charges for breast reconstruction in the U.S. You should discuss any questions regarding coverage with your insurance provider.
How do I use my AeroForm Dosage Controller?
Contact your surgeon and/or refer to the Patient Guide provided to you by your surgeon.
Is there a limit to how many doses I can give myself in a day?
Yes, You will be able to deliver three 10cc doses per day, with a 3 hour lock out between doses, until the tissue expander has reached its target volume. Contact your surgeon and/or refer to the Patient Guide provided to you by your surgeon.
How long does it take for patients using AeroForm to reach full expansion?
The length of time it takes to complete expansion will depend on the size of your Expander, the condition of your skin, and how often you and your surgeon decide to dose. In the XPAND clinical trial, tissue expansion with the AeroForm for all sizes took an average of 21 days as compared to 46 days for saline expanders. *
How long after completing expansion can I receive my breast implants?
Contact your surgeon to determine when your individual expansion has been completed and you have healed enough to receive breast implants.