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Sternal Resection and Reconstruction With Titanium Mesh
This video demonstrates a sternal resection, followed by reconstruction with a titanium mesh, for a local recurrence of breast cancer. Anterior chest wall involvement after mastectomy in patients with breast cancer is an uncommon situation. Surgical excision is an important part of the multimodality treatment of the local recurrence of breast cancer. Yet, the large defect after resection of the sternum and the ribs constitutes a major challenge. Among the options in covering the anterior chest wall after sternal resection, titanium mesh may be preferred with its "easy to implant" feature. In this short video, the authors present a sternal resection and reconstruction with titanium mesh in a 41-year-old female patient, who had a local recurrence of the tumor three years after surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer.