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DIEP Flap Continues to be Gold Standard PRMA Plastic Surgery

DIEP Flap Continues to be Gold Standard

DIEP Flap Continues to be Gold Standard PRMA Plastic Surgery

What makes DIEP flap a good option for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy?

The DIEP flap continues to hold the title of today’s gold standard in breast reconstruction.

A recent study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery studied the quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in breast cancer survivors who had breast reconstruction using their own abdominal tissue. The study showed the DIEP flap was associated with the highest abdominal well-being and lowest abdominal morbidity post-surgery compared with the pedicle TRAM flap.

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 muscles means patients experience less pain, enjoy a faster recovery, maintain their core strength long-term, and have a lower risk of complications.

“I chose DIEP flap after researching the different reconstruction types. I had radiation and knew there was an increased risk of implant failure/complications due to the effects of radiation. I was looking for a way to avoid implants and that high risk of complications. I was drawn to the DIEP flap after looking at reconstruction photos and talking to women who had various types of reconstruction. I consulted with 4 plastic surgeons before deciding on Dr. Ledoux with PRMA. I traveled from Oregon to Texas for my surgery and have never regretted the decision to do so. My breast feel and look how I expected them to look post-surgery, and I’m very satisfied with the results,” said PRMA patient Misty when asked why she chose the DIEP.

Every patient has a choice when it comes to breast reconstruction and there are many options available to help rebuild what cancer tried to take away. It is important to consult with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the best option.

Watch below as Dr. Chrysopoulo explains the procedure!

Author: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo and Courtney Floyd

Every patient has a choice when it comes to breast reconstruction and there are many options available to help rebuild what cancer tried to take away. It is important to consult with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the best option.

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