CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A new device is helping breast cancer survivors heal with less pain.
The latest innovation in breast reconstruction is making the process easier for patients and a surgeon in Corvallis was the first in the state to perform this procedure.
Morgan Wells drives two hours to see Dr. Kevin Day in Corvallis.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer last October and had a double-mastectomy in May. Now, she's having reconstruction done with AeroForm.
It's a tissue expansion device. The wireless, hand-held dosage controller releases carbon dioxide into a silicone shell implant and patients can use from home.
"I was very willing to try it, because that meant I didn't have to drive," Wells said.
Before this new device was available, patients had to come into the doctor’s office for weekly saline injections.
Day has been working at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery for about 6 years and says this innovation is also empowering for his patients.
"With that process of taking control back, I think the AeroForm expanders fit into that nicely because it gives the control of the expansion over to patients, which is very empowering to these patients who've had a lot of power stripped from them by the cancer diagnosis," Day said.