When it comes to having surgery after breast cancer treatment, one of the main concerns that women have is the disfiguration of the torso area. However, when surgery known as DIEP is discussed with them, they feel much better. Here are a few reasons why this is so.
Sparing of Muscle
When DIEP Flap Reconstruction is performed, it results in the sparing of muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis muscle. The surgery includes skin and fat in the area. The structural and functional integrity of the abdominal muscle is kept intact. The surgery performed is microvascular and results in a free flap similar in result to a tummy tuck.
No Likely Rejection
With DIEP Flap Reconstruction, the patient’s own tissue is used for the procedure. Not only does this make for an easier surgery, but it also makes for far less of a chance of rejection of the tissue used. It ranks superior to traditional abdominis surgery because, in traditional surgery, the muscle is also cut. This leaves the potential for the weakening of the muscle. DIEP has been specifically designed to lessen any collateral damage that the patient receives.
When the flap that results from this type of procedure is used as a substitute for actual breast tissue, it looks more natural than when breast implants are used. It is also safer than implants, which can cause some women problems.
If you or a loved one are in need of this type of surgery, please contact Sharp Fluidics.