DIEP Flap Surgery
Are you considering DIEP flap surgery, but wondering what it’s all about? Look no further, we’ve got the scoop on this amazing procedure!
What is the Procedure? DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap surgery is a reconstructive procedure used after mastectomy. It involves using your body’s own tissue from the lower abdomen to create a new, natural-looking breast.
Ideal Candidate: Women who have undergone a mastectomy and desire breast reconstruction without the need for implants are ideal candidates for DIEP flap surgery. Good overall health and adequate abdominal tissue are important factors to consider.
What to Expect During Surgery: During the surgery, the surgeon carefully removes skin, fat, and blood vessels from the lower abdomen (similar to a tummy tuck) and skillfully crafts a new breast mound. The best part? You get a flatter tummy in the process!
Recovery Information: Recovery time varies, but you’ll need some downtime to heal properly. Expect soreness and swelling, but the results will be worth it! You’ll have a reconstructed breast that feels and looks more like your own.
Benefits: DIEP flap surgery offers several benefits. The reconstructed breast looks natural, there’s no need for implants, and it can boost your self-confidence after breast cancer treatment.
Similar Nonsurgical Treatment Options: While there are no nonsurgical alternatives to DIEP flap surgery, some women opt for breast prostheses or external breast forms if they are not ready for reconstructive surgery.