DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap)
The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today because it completely preserves the patient's muscles. It is the preferred reconstructive technique at PRMA; we routinely welcome patients from across Texas and the US traveling to PRMA specifically for the DIEP flap procedure.
The DIEP flap uses the patient's own abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a natural, warm, soft breast after mastectomy. Unlike the TRAM flap, the DIEP preserves all the abdominal muscles. Only abdominal skin and fat are removed similar to a "tummy tuck". Saving the abdominal muscles means patients experience less pain, enjoy a faster recovery, maintain their core strength long-term, and have a lower risk of complications.
- The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today
- The DIEP uses the patient's own abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a natural, warm, soft breast after mastectomy
- Unlike the TRAM flap, the DIEP flap preserves all the abdominal muscles
- Most patients are also candidates for sensory nerve reconstruction
- Women also enjoy the added benefit of a flatter abdomen with results that mimic a “tummy tuck”
- The risk of abdominal complications such as bulging and hernia is very small
- Vascularized lymph node transfer can be performed with the DIEP flap to treat arm lymphedema
- A team of two microsurgeons performs every procedure
- PRMA performs over 500 DIEP flap surgeries each year
- Our success rate is over 99%
- View DIEP flap before and after photos
- To learn if you are a DIEP flap candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us on (800) 692-5565.