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Breast Reconstruction: What Is A Free Tissue Transfer (DIEP Flap)

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An advance in breast reconstruction called free tissue transfer or DIEP Flap (deep inferior epigastric perforator). Only a handful on doctors in the country perform this procedure.

The free tissue transfer first detaches muscle from the abdomen. After a mastectomy, this tissue is then spliced into an artery in vein in the armpit or chest wall. Using the patients own tissue, which is removed and reattached, makes for an impressive breast reconstruction. 

The procedure can last as long as four to eight hours and involves more recovery time than other procedures. However, if the patient is healthy, has enough tissue, and is willing to do a longer procedure, they can benefit from excellent post-operative results. 

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