SIEA Flap Breast Reconstruction (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery)
The SIEA flap (also known as the SIEP flap) is very similar to the DIEP flap procedure. Both techniques use the lower abdominal skin and fatty tissue to reconstruct a natural, soft breast following mastectomy. Unlike the TRAM flap, both the SIEA and DIEP flap procedures preserve all the abdominal muscles.
- The SIEA flap is very similar to the DIEP flap
- The SIEA flap uses the lower abdominal skin and fatty tissue to reconstruct a natural, warm, soft breast after mastectomy
- The main difference between the SIEA flap and the DIEP flap is the artery used to supply blood flow to the new breast
- Like the DIEP flap, the SIEA flap preserves all the abdominal muscles
- Sensory nerve reconstruction can also be performed in most patients
- Less than 20% of patients have the necessary anatomy to make them candidates for the SIEA procedure
- View SIEA flap before and after pictures
- To learn if you are a SIEA flap candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us on (800) 692-5565.