Breast Reconstructive Surgery

The Breast Health team at St. Catherine’s understands and appreciates the fact that the loss of a breast is a trying experience both physically and emotionally. To best address these concerns our skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform state-of-the-art techniques that rebuild a lost breast at the time of the mastectomy. These options include:

  • Expander Implant Reconstruction
  • Direct to Implant Reconstruction
  • DIEP Flap (deep inferior epigastric perforator) and SIEA Flap (superficial inferior epigastric perforator) Reconstruction
  • Latissimus Flap Reconstruction

DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction – This new surgical technique is named for the main blood vessel that runs through the tissue that is used to reconstruct a breast. Because no muscle is removed, this technique decreases post-surgical pain and expedites recovery time.

In the DIEP flap, the lower abdominal skin and fat is removed without having to harvest any of the rectus abdominis muscle. Instead, blood supply is provided through the perforator vessels that run through the rectus muscle. Once the DIEP flap is raised, microsurgical technique is used to transplant the tissue to blood vessels on the chest wall. The tissue is used to create a breast mound from the abdominal fat and skin. The DIEP is a delicate procedure and will take longer to perform. However, due to the preservation of the rectus muscle, this procedure minimizes the injury to the abdomen, resulting in less pain, less abdominal donor site complications, and a faster recovery as compared with TRAM flaps. 

Learn more about DIEP Surgery at St. Catherine’s Breast Health Center

Surgical techniques such as the DIEP offer breast cancer patients an immediate option for reconstruction and the prospects for a healthy medical outcome and overall improvement of the quality of your life following surgery.

In addition, the reconstructive surgery team is expert at DO-OVER reconstruction.

For example, if you are unhappy with your current reconstruction or having problems with your reconstruction, contact our Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery to explore your options.

If you are in need of breast health care, call or visit the St. Catherine’s Breast Health Center and experience our personal, boutique-style treatment and the difference our dedicated team will make in helping you cope and recover from breast cancer and other related breast health conditions.

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