DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap
The breast reconstruction surgery that uses the deep inferior epigastric perforators is called a "DIEP Flap." This procedure is similar to the TRAM Flap, however no muscle is used in rebuilding the breast. Breast reconstruction usually follows a mastectomy, where a woman’s breast is removed—normally due to cancer.
This type of surgery transfers the skin and fat from the lower abdomen, without sacrificing the use of any abdominal muscles. No muscle is removed or used in the procedure. As a result, most women recover more quickly from the DIEP Flap than from procedures which involve the use or transfer of muscle. The DIEP Flap procedure requires specialized surgical training as well as microsurgery, and represents one of the most advanced reconstructive techniques in use today.
The DIEP Flap requires the use of advanced microsurgical technique. Dr. Lynch carefully positions the Flap and then using a surgical microscope, attaches the blood vessels in the flap to existing blood vessels in the chest.
Just like the TRAM flap procedure, the DIEP flap operation essentially results in a “tummy tuck” as well, which can be a desirable effect for some women.
As with any surgery, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur, and for most patients usually resolves in a few days. Recovery after this procedure will require avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a period of time immediately following the procedure. Surgical scars will be placed deliberately to minimize perception and will fade over time. In most cases. the scar is located below the bikini line.
Dr. Lynch’s advanced fellowship training in breast reconstruction was completed at the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s most experienced and best trained breast reconstructive surgeons.
Learn more about DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction at BreastCancer.org