What is a TUBA? – Breast Augmentation

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TUBA stands for TransUmbilical Breast Augmentation. This was a very popular procedure when only saline implants were available on the market.  A small incision is made in the umbilicus and a tube is maneuvered into the space up to the breast fold. Using an endoscope to visualize the pocket position, an implant is then inserted. Because a small tunnel is used, saline implants are the only ones inserted this way. Disadvantages include the limited access afforded by this technique which limits the ability to treat bleeding, or allow for precise pocket dissection. Silicone implants cannot be placed through this approach. Back to Answers

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