Getting Ready for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Getting Ready for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Your battle with breast cancer does not end with your mastectomy or breast cancer treatments.  Surviving cancer marks the start of some major adjustments in your life, including that of your family’s as well. The recent technological advancements in medical services and treatment have drastically improved the breast reconstruction options for breast cancer survivors.  Patients are now able to have breast reconstruction surgery right after or even during mastectomy.  Flap surgeries, such as the DIEP Flap procedure, have become a common option for breast cancer survivor because of its obvious advantages for breast cancer survivors.  A recent study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that breast cancer patients, who underwent the DIEP flap breast reconstruction technique, have a better quality of life than patients who underwent different procedures. The DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap procedure is one of the most advanced types of breast reconstruction surgeries available today.  In this type of procedure, a microsurgeon uses the patient’s own abdominal skin and fat to re-create a natural looking breast.  Unlike the TRAM flap procedure, the DIEP flap reconstructive surgery offers better recovery time for its patients, since it allows the abdominal muscles to be preserved.  It also gives patients an instant “tummy tuck” since the procedure will reduce abdominal fat. Breast cancer survivors who qualify for the DIEP Flap reconstructive breast surgery have a lot to prepare for prior to surgery.  Here are some tips for you to get ready for a DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery: 1. Do your research At Breast Reconstruction Associates, we highly recommend that you weigh your options carefully.  It...