Enbloc surgery is when the breast implant and capsule are both removed in one piece. The implant should still be within the balloon of the capsule when it is removed from the body.
This can be a very difficult procedure and there are some cases where an enbloc is not possible. This usually occurs when the capsule is attached to vital tissues, or it is too thin and delicate to be removed in one piece.
When an enbloc is not possible, surgeons will instead work to remove as much as the capsule as possible from the implant before removal and then remove remaining scar tissue from the rest of the breast pocket.
In some cases the removal of the capsule could case damage to vital tissues like the rib cage which could lead to unnecessary damage to the lungs if there is any attempt to remove it. In cases like this, the capsule will remain in place, but surgeons will take steps to allow proper healing including sterilising the remaining capsules.
To find out more about enbloc procedures please contact us to book a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons.