DIEP flap breast surgery is a highly specialized procedure in which the plastic surgeon transfers a patient's abdominal skin and tissue to the chest to recreate the breast mound. A widely accepted reconstruction option for individuals who have undergone a mastectomy and those with congenital breast abnormalities, the procedure has its pros and cons.
Why Go in For DIEP Flap Reconstruction?
This breast reconstructionmethod takes its name from the deep inferior epigastric perforator abdominal blood vessels. The surgery involves the removal of a free flap made up of abdominal skin and subcutaneous tissue from the abdomen to the chest. A new breast is constructed from this tissue. This procedure has several advantages over other breast reconstruction surgery options:
DIEP flap reconstruction also ensures durable, long-term results leading to better patient satisfaction.
Some of the objections raised are that DIEP flap takes 6-8 hours which is more time than that needed to perform than a TRAM flap. This is because the plastic surgeon has to carefully reconnect all the tiny blood vessels. Further, there would be two scars as flaps are taken from both sides of the abdomen. Another drawback is that if the blood supply to the flap is interrupted, the procedure would fail and further surgery may be needed.
Ensuring Success with DIEP Flap Surgery
It is obvious that the pros of DIEP flap breast surgery outweigh its cons. To ensure the best results, make sure that you have the procedure done by a surgeon skilled in microsurgery. Contact an established, board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in performing this particular type of reconstruction surgery. Ensure that the surgical facility is AAAASF-certified. A little caution will ensure you are in the right hands and that your breast reconstruction surgery is successful.