DIEP flap procedure

DIEP flap procedure

Deep inferior epigastric perforator flap procedure Surgery A technique of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, in which abdominal skin, fat, and vasculature–but not the rectus abdominalis muscle is rotated up to the breast region to act as 'filler' Pros ↓ Hospital time, improved healing, improved cosmetic result, no risk of anterior hernia due to a loss of rectus muscle; none of the risks of breast implants
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I was out of hospital in 6 days, with all but one of the 5 drains removed, which was the best possible result, and it seemed like I was the poster child for the DIEP Flap procedure! I have to say that the ICU nurses were simply amazing, and I wasn't offended when they told me they didn't want to see me again -- at least not as a patient!
Michel Saint-Cyr, assistant professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, "The DIEP flap procedure can offer women seeking breast reconstruction after a mastectomy some of the advantages of a more natural breast with the effects of a tummy tuck.