Definition: an empty pliable container (most often composed of silicone rubber) with an inlet tube and a valve inserted into an internal site, then inflated with saline immediately or through a subcutaneous port, postoperatively, in order to expand a soft tissue space. Commonly used in reconstructive surgery to expand skin, in breast surgery, and in urologic surgery.
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