TUBA is an acronym for Trans-Umbilical
Breast Augmentation and is the endoscopic surgery
to increase the size of the breast(s). Endoscopic
literally means a surgery or procedure performed by the use of
an endoscope, which is a flexible, tubular "instrument for
visualizing the interior of a hollow organ"
(Merriam-Webster). Think of an endoscope as a camera which
can be threaded through hollow organs or under dissected skin
and crevices. An endoscope allows a physician to view the
interior of the body via a monitor while enabling surgery to be
performed using smaller incisions. The result is usually a
less invasive surgery with less downtime.
You may have heard this procedure
called "scarless" breast augmentation, belly button
breast augmentation and even endobam. Regardless of what
you may have heard it called, the surgery's primary goal is to
provide the patient with a fuller bust using breast implants,
all without visible scarring on the breasts or under the arms.
The surgery is innovative yet very safe when performed by a
well-trained and qualified TUBA surgeon. An added bonus us
that the recovery time is often cut in half compared to
conventional incision choices.
Over the years, TUBA has received
an unfair negative reputation by surgeons who have never had
proper training or could not surgically grasp this endoscopic
technique. Of course, since these surgeons could not
perform it, the procedure must be unsafe and a marketing ploy.
Which in itself is ridiculous considering the thousands of women
who have had this surgery and are walking around today, quite
happy and with no visible scars! Obviously these
nay-sayers have been stricken with Sour Grapes Syndrome and are
simply touting it as a poor technique with which to implant a
breast prosthesis because they cannot, or do not wish to, offer
this procedure to their patients. All surgeons will use
what they know works best in their hands, which should be
expected. But to denounce a proven procedure because one
cannot perform it or simply because one has heard
negative rumors of its efficacy is quite preposterous.
The fact of the matter is that
the percentage of risks of the TUBA procedure is the same, if
not less than, a standard-incision breast augmentation procedure
when performed by a competent and qualified surgeon.
Patients have reported being able to perform simple tasks
earlier post-operatively than patients who have had incisions on
the breasts or under the arms. The obvious benefit is of
course the lack of visible scarring but the down-time is also
considered less by many.
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risks & complications
(Updated on 02/23/10)
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