PRMA Performs Record Breaking 74 Free Flap Breast Reconstruction Procedures in May

By: Courtney Floyd

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PRMA Plastic Surgery is excited to announce we have completed a record breaking 74 free flap breast reconstruction procedures for the month of May! This makes PRMA one of very few breast reconstruction centers in the world to perform such a high number of flaps in one month.

“We are dedicated to rebuilding lives after breast cancer and doing so on such a large scale is a true testimony to the dedication and hard work of our team. It takes all of us to accomplish such a breakthrough milestone,” says Dr. Oscar Ochoa.

Free flap breast reconstruction represents today’s gold standard for reconstruction. Free flap procedures use skin, fat, and sometimes muscle from another area of the body to create a “natural,” warm, soft breast following a mastectomy. The most commonly performed free flap surgery at PRMA is the DIEP flap.

The DIEP flap uses the patient's own abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a natural, warm, soft breast after mastectomy. Unlike the more widely known 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.

PRMA Plastic Surgery routinely performs free flap breast reconstruction surgery for patients across the globe. To date, PRMA has performed over 7,500 free flap reconstructive breast surgeries with a success rate of over 99%.

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