Fellowship-trained surgeon Joseph Tamburrino, MD, was the first to offer the DIEP flap technique for breast reconstruction in south Jersey. He performs this and other breast reconstruction procedures at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. To find out if DIEP flap is the right breast reconstruction technique for you, call or book a consultation online today.
DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap is one of several types of natural tissue breast reconstruction techniques Dr. Tamburrino specializes in. This technique involves removing skin and fat tissue from your lower abdomen and transferring it to the chest wall to recreate your breast.
Unlike other techniques, such as the TRAM flap procedure, DIEP flap doesn’t require moving your abdominal muscles. Therefore, the DIEP procedure avoids issues with impaired abdominal wall strength that TRAM flap patients must cope with.
Natural tissue breast reconstruction techniques offer many benefits over implant-based techniques, such as:
Many women who get a DIEP flap procedure also appreciate the added benefits of a tummy tuck since Dr. Tamburrino must first remove fat from the lower abdomen.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino spends at least an hour discussing your medical history and goals for breast reconstruction surgery. Every breast reconstruction is unique, so he spends time developing a customized treatment plan that best suits your needs.
To determine whether you’re a good candidate for DIEP flap surgery, Dr. Tamburrino evaluates factors such as:
If you’re not a good candidate for DIEP flap, Dr. Tamburrino may recommend another approach to breast reconstruction such as SIEA or TUG flap techniques.
Dr. Tamburrino performs breast reconstruction procedures at local hospitals in the south Jersey and Philadelphia areas.
Most women need to stay in the hospital for three or four days after DIEP flap surgery. When you return home, you can resume normal daily activities but should avoid strenuous activity until Dr. Tamburrino says it’s okay.
Typical recovery time for DIEP flap surgery is four to six weeks. You may experience soreness or discomfort for a week or two, but this fades a little more each day.
To learn more about DIEP flap breast reconstruction, call Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.