Breast Reconstruction

Breast Surgery / Breast Reconstruction

Women who undergo mastectomy, breast reconstruction represents a vital aspect of care and recovery after breast cancer. By restoring the breast or the portion of the breast removed, breast reconstruction offers many important psychological and aesthetic benefits, allowing many women to return fully to the life they enjoyed before.

 

Your surgeon will discuss thoroughly the surgical method as well as the benefits, precautions, risks, and other important information at consultation.

We can also send you information.

  • Breast reconstruction is an operation to restore the shape of the breast following surgical removal (mastectomy) After a mastectomy and when considering breast reconstruction, there are two reconstruction methods used. Implant reconstruction, using an artificial implant or tissue reconstruction, using tissue from another area of your body.
  • This is known as flap surgery. There are different sites on the body if necessary that a flap can be taken from.
  • TRAM flap is when the underlying abdominal muscle is used in conventional TRAM flap reconstruction.
  • There are also several surgical options to consider for flap surgery.
  • DIEP flap is one of them. Not everyone is a candidate but there are many advantages to this procedure.
  • DIEP flap Skin, soft tissue, and tiny feeding blood vessels are removed. These tiny blood vessels are matched to the supplying vessels at the mastectomy site and reattached under a microscope.
  • There are also different sites on the body if necessary that a flap can be taken.
  • DIEP Flap

    Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap

     

    Perforator flaps represent the state of the art in breast reconstruction. Replacing the skin and soft tissue removed at mastectomy. Living tissue is accomplished by borrowing skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen. DIEP flap also includes the movement of an artery and vein from your tissue flap to the chest so that the transplanted tissue can be supplied with blood.

  • What is DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

The DIEP flap (deep inferior epigastric perforator) is a tissue flap procedure that uses fat and skin from your tummy to create a new breast mound after a mastectomy. This procedure takes its name from the deep inferior epigastric perforator artery in your tummy area and is a form of autologous reconstruction a surgery that uses your own tissue. DIEP flap also includes the movement of an artery and vein from your tissue flap to the chest so that the transplanted tissue can be supplied with blood.

 

Micro surgery is used to reconnect the blood vessels that are only about the same diameter as a strand of hair. The surgeon and his surgical team use a high-powered microscope for reconnecting the blood vessels..

 

Most women have enough extra tissue in their tummy area to create a new breast. If not, a small implant can be placed under your tissue flap to create the breast size that you want. The removal of skin and fat from your tummy is similar to the procedure to a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

 

No muscle is moved and almost no risk of developing an abdominal hernia as a result of this procedure, less pain and a faster recovery time than a TRAM flap.

Your surgeon will discuss thoroughly the surgical method as well as the benefits, precautions, risks, and other important information at consultation.

How do I find out more or book a consultation.

The first step is to have some information sent, or call us on 0207 760 7636 to book a consultation with a member of our friendly team.

 

We can answer any questions that you may have and we can send you procedure information via email or by post. Alternatively we can book you a consultation.

 

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