[abstract] MAMMARY IMPLANTS AND DIVING.

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Title: [abstract] MAMMARY IMPLANTS AND DIVING.
Author: Vann, RD; Georgiade, GS
Abstract: Six Surgitek Georgiade mammary implants were tested on 4 profiles in 16 Dive Volume simulated no-stop air dives (see Table). Profile Change On the last 3 profiles, up to 100 bub- 120'/67 hrs 47.0% bles formed (0.005 to 2.5 em diameters). 25'/65 hrs 4.5 Small bubbles were spherical while large 60'/60 min 1.3 bubbles were sheets. These results over 120'/15 min estimate in vivo bubble formation where 3 hr S.l. there is lower 02 tension, delayed N2 120'/6 min 2.2 transport, and adsorption between dives. It is concluded that after shallow saturation diving, some bubble formation might occur with an implant volume increase of several percent. Fewer bubbles would form after single and repetitive no-stop dives with less volume change. Is any bubble formation at all tolerable? Intravascular bubbles commonly occur without apparant consequence after routine dives. Bubbles in an inert prosthesis such as a mammary implant are unlikely to result in tissue damage, will be absorbed naturally in sufficient time, and probably can be tolerated safely. Deep saturation diving should be avoided since inert gas exchange would be slow due to long diffusion distances within an implant, and extensive bubble growth might occur. In the worse case, a large increase in implant volume might cause tissue trauma. (The implants tested are reported to withstand a several-fold volume increase without rupture.) NOTE: as seen on MythBusters
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held 11-14 June 1985. The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Long Beach, California (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5409
Date: 1985

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