The reason why a small portion of the rib is removed (1-2 centimeters) where it meets the sternum is because we need to get access to the blood vessels that will be providing blood flow to the tissue that is moved over from the abdomen to the chest. Removing this small portion of rib allows good exposure to the blood vessels which are very small and very delicate. There are some surgeons that do this procedure by going between the ribs instead of removing a portion of the rib. ...read more about Dr. Ochoa Explains Why a Small Portion of Rib is Removed During the DIEP Flap
Breast Reconstruction Makes Women Whole Again After Breast Cancer
PRMA specializes in the most advanced breast reconstruction techniques available including DIEP flap, SIEA flap, GAP flap, TUG flap, fat grafting, Alloderm one-step, and nipple-sparing mastectomy.
To date we have performed over 5,500 breast reconstructions making PRMA one of the busiest breast reconstruction centers in the World. We are also in-network for most US insurance plans.
By combining reconstructive excellence with cosmetic surgery expertise, our experienced plastic surgeons strive to provide every patient with the most natural results possible.
Patients from San Antonio, across Texas, and all over the US come to PRMA to experience care that goes beyond expectations. From the initial consultation, PRMA staff and surgeons will help you through every step of your surgical journey.