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DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding experience for anyone who has lost a breast due to cancer or another condition.

The creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.

Our physicians are trained in several methods of breast reconstruction. We will talk to you about your options and make a decision based on the best possible outcome and your desired results.

The DIEP Flap (Deep Inferior Epigastic Perforator Flap) is similar to a TRAM Flap, but does not harvest the rectus muscle from the abdomen. The patient usually experiences less pain and is better for the abdomen, but technically more challenging. Only the skin and fat from the lower abdomen are used to form the breast (similar to a tummy tuck).

Is Breast Reconstruction it right for me?

Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Breast reconstruction is a good option for you if:

  • You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment
  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image

Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages. It can:

  • Begin at the same time as mastectomy, or
  • Be delayed until you heal from mastectomy and recover from any additional cancer treatments

It’s important that you feel ready for the emotional adjustment involved in breast reconstruction. It may take some time to accept the results of breast reconstruction.

What to expect during your consultation

The success and safety of your breast reconstruction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • The options available in breast reconstruction surgery
  • The likely outcomes of breast reconstruction and any risks or potential complications
  • The course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon, including procedures to achieve breast symmetry

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of nipples and areolae
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast reconstruction and any risks or potential complications

Photo Gallery

Patient Details

Gender: Female
Procedure: Breast Reconstruction - DIEP Flap

Doctor's Notes

57 year-old female who had a right mastectomy for breast cancer with right DIEP flap breast reconstruction


Patient Details

Gender: Female
Procedure: Breast Reconstruction - DIEP Flap

Doctor's Notes

50 year old female status post breast cancer with lumpectomy and radiation. Underwent DIEP breast reconstruction on the left with breast reduction on the right for symmetry


Patient Details

Gender: Female
Procedure: Breast Reconstruction - DIEP Flap

Doctor's Notes

57 year old female who had a left breast mastecomy due to breast cancer. Patient underwent left breast reconstruction utilizing DIEP free flap. Patient is shown 9 months post op without nipple reconstruction

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