DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

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The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today and is the preferred reconstructive technique at PRMA. 

The procedure 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. 

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Heidi,

I am feeling stronger and better every day!

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Jamie from Pampa, Texas,

​PRMA treated me like a person, actually a Queen, instead of a patient!

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Paula from San Antonio, Texas,

On June 17th I had my DIEP flap reconstruction. I was in the hospital for a week and was given the intensive care that I needed and didn’t have any complications. Even though the recovery process was tough, I have no regrets. I think having a positive attitude is crucial when dealing with any form of cancer.

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Dvora from Schenectady, New York,

My experience communicating with PRMA was so unique and so positive compared to my experiences with other plastic surgery practices. At other places, I felt like I was being treated like a specimen, and like I was being TOLD what I should do with my body. From my very first conversation with PRMA, I felt like I was being treated like a human being, and that I was being ASKED what I wanted to do with my body.

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Emily from Midland, Texas,

After testing positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation, Emily chose to undergo prophylactic mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap breast reconstruction

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Shellie from San Antonio, Texas,

Dr. Ochoa said I was a candidate for DIEP flap reconstruction. I wanted it done at the time of the mastectomy. I spent the next month reading everything I could about DIEP flap and early stage cancer and watching the patient testimonials, while getting used to the no caffeine or chocolate before surgery.

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Erika from Sidney, Maine,

Dr C, all staff, and the nurses and team at Methodist have exceeded all expectations, and I assure you that I have high standards.

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Debbie,

​I want to thank you for all you did to keep me “whole” after my breast cancer diagnosis. I was very fortunate in so many ways after being diagnosed.

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Sharon from Monterey, California,

When I returned home I went online to the PRMA website and was amazed by the before and after pictures and actually found a picture of a woman who looked just like me and I could not get over how great she looked one year later.

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Angie from Larned, Kansas,

​If you are reading this, chances are you have been affected by breast cancer. Whether your life just got thrown onto this unplanned path and you are facing a long year or you are part way through, you are probably searching for one of these stories to identify with and for one more piece of information that you can take away and feel just a little empowered.

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Lisa from Austin, Texas,

So here I am, post surgery and all is looking good. I am thankful to PRMA, because you gave me a choice. I can now have the body I want and I've been trying to get that word out not only about DIEP flap but also about PRMA. PRMA has the training and expertise to help women have the choice as to what type of reconstruction they want. I think that is important when all of us facing these options did not have a choice in getting cancer.

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Sue from Huntington, New York,

For me, arriving at the decision to do a DIEP flap reconstruction was simple. The key was finding the perfect surgeon for the task.

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Sandra,

My mastectomy, reconstruction and lipo could not have been handled or done any better that it was. Due to you PRMA, I have lost weight, lowered my blood pressure, and everyone that sees me now tells me how much better I kook now, than I ever have and I feel extremely good. Thanks to you!!!!

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Catherine from Corpus Christi, Texas,

After an unsuccessful lumpectomy, I was told the dreaded news, you need to have a mastectomy on the right breast. The thought of removing my breast was devastating! I quickly “googled” everything I could on breast cancer and reconstruction.

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Terri from Tuscan, Arizona,

I have absolutely no regrets that this was the right decision. I am happy to talk to anyone who is interested in this process.

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Linda from Rulo, Nebraska,

On September 4, 2012, I underwent the DIEP Flap reconstruction. The results are better than I’d expected. I feel good about myself, especially knowing that it’s all me. No artificial implants. I like to say that PRMA gave me back what Cancer stole from me.

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Barbara,

​Let me take this opportunity to "thank you" for giving me a new perspective on life. I never though I would be as happy as I am now after hearing the words "you have breast cancer."

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Linda,

My ob-gyn said my scars "lie". They tell him I've had a breast reduction and a tummy tuck instead of bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction.

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Rhonda from Grand Junction, Colorado,

I began to look for options for reconstruction. I wanted reconstruction but due to the radiation treatments, I had few options. Only tissue transfer would work and I have a bleeding disorder. Most surgeons that I met with did not want to take the risk. I needed experts, but had become too tired to keep searching.

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Tammy from Diboll, Texas,

My experience with PRMA was absolutely outstanding from the beginning to the very end. Everyone there was supportive and helpful.

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Allison from West Hampton, Georgia,

Allison traveled from West Hampton, Georgia to San Antonio, Texas to undergo DIEP flap breast reconstruction. One week after surgery, she shares how she is feeling.

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Jo from San Antonio, Texas,

A week after I turned 41, I want into the hospital for a bilateral mastectomy with lymph node biopsy and reconstruction.

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Deborah,

​I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all your dedication, hard work, and sincerity you provided for me as your patient. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2001 I was devastated and didn't know if I was going to fight for my life or die.

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Gail,

Getting breast cancer is not usually considered a gift, but may be getting the right treatment for it is a unique kind of gift.

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Stanlie from San Antonio, Texas,

I made PRMA part of my healthcare team because of their proven record of accomplishment, reputation in the community and the plethora of information provided on their website. I looked at every picture, watched every video, and read every bio on their website. That gave me the hope and confidence I needed to move forward.

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Debbie from San Antonio, Texas,

Having the DIEP flap has been the best decision I’ve made, and I would not change anything. I am awestruck with the results.

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Ruth,

To reduce her risk of developing breast cancer, Ruth chose to undergo a prophylactic (or preventative) mastectomy. After researching all of her options, she chose to also undergo immediate DIEP flap breast reconstruction.​

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Christina from Georgetown, Texas,

​I came to PRMA seeking delayed reconstruction following chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy and 33 radiation treatments. As a consequence of my treatments and the loss of 27 lymph nodes, I spent significant effort managing the early stages of lymphedema.

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Nancie,

To my surprise I have a beautiful breast. I'm still a woman. A special thanks to you and your staff for your patience, kind words, and prayers. It made such a difference.

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Lucy from Boerne, Texas,

When I was told I had breast cancer, I was transported to a different planet. I went from wife, daughter, sister, counselor and friend to double mastectomy and plastic surgery patient and ultimately, breast cancer survivor.

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Misty from Eugene, Oregon,

I think for anyone considering this surgery, you have to feel good about your doctor and confident in their abilities. Complications happen, even with the best of doctors, but doing your research and knowing how often your doctor does DIEP flap reconstruction, what their failure rates are, what kinds of complications they typically see, how long they expect your surgery to be, what the backup plan is in case of a failed reconstruction etc. are really important details. I made my choice in doctors based on the answers I received to all my questions, and how comfortable I felt in person with my doctor. I knew immediately after meeting him the first time that it was the right choice for me.

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Lisa from Jacksonville, Florida,

I know why I flew 1500 miles to find the best. You look for the best doctors and you go there - simple as that. Find the best and go to the best!

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Tina from Yuba City, California,

Traveling from Yuba City, California to PRMA in Texas for DIEP flap Breast Reconstruction, Tina shares how easy the process is and how great she is feeling.

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Yvette from Corpus Christi, Texas,

​Just a small note to thank Dr. Oscar Ochoa and his staff for making my surgery and healing process so easy! Everyone was always so kind to me and my family during this great adventure!

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Patricia from Austin, TX,

I had my bilateral mastectomy and immediate DIEP flap the day before my birthday in September of 2010. I told the hospital staff that this was my birthday present; getting rid of cancer, getting a breast reduction and getting a tummy tuck. I thought I would be terrified, but everyone had told me how great Dr. Ledoux was and how wonderful the hospital staff was, so after Dr. Ledoux prayed with me, I was ready to go.

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Leslie from KSAT News,

That's when I heard about another procedure called the DIEP flap. That stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator. In this procedure very little - if any - muscle is removed. The perforating vessels, along with the overlying flesh, are removed - but the muscle is left in place. The recovery time is quicker, but the surgery is much more involved, and it takes a microsurgery expert to perform it.

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April from Cibolo, Texas,

Now I am living my life not just existing in it, doing all the things I enjoy and wanted to do. No more putting anything off for the future.

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Shellie,

PRMA was highly recommended by many, and after meeting with my surgeon, we called PRMA to set an appointment. Dr. Ochoa said I was a candidate for DIEP flap reconstruction. I wanted it done at the time of the mastectomy. I spent the next month reading everything I could about DIEP flap and early stage cancer and watching the patient testimonials, while getting used to the no caffeine or chocolate before surgery.

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Julie from San Antonio, Texas,

Julie underwent bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction at PRMA Plastic Surgery. One week after surgery, she is feeling great!

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Fran from Fredericksburg, Virginia,

​Some people think I was crazy for flying all the way from Virgnia to Texas for my breast reconstruction.

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Lisa,

Even before the shock of being told I had breast cancer was over I was scheduled for an appointment with Dr Nastala at PRMA. He and the office staff were so kind and understanding and answered all of my crazy questions. I chose to have the DIEP procedure and also to have both breasts removed even though only one was affected.

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Antoinette,

I felt compelled to write and let you and your staff know how very pleased I was with the care I have received since last February.

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Rhonda from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,

I hope you make the choice to have your surgery at PRMA. Celebrate life, embrace the new you, and accept nothing less than the best. You have earned it. You are a warrior, a survivor and a beautiful woman. Thank you Dr Chrysopoulo, Denise, Courtney and the entire PRMA staff. You made a profound difference in my life and to thousands of others. What a wonderful legacy.

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Corinne from San Marcos, Texas,

Corinne underwent bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Only two days after surgery, she is feeling well enough to be discharged from the hospital.

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DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

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Are you a candidate? Find out with our FREE Virtual Consultation form!

The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today and is the preferred reconstructive technique at PRMA. 

The procedure 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. 

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