Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Reconstructive microsurgery for breast cancer

Reconstructive microsurgery for breast cancer patients

Using a woman’s own tissue is a common approach for building a new breast. The reconstructed breast may look and feel more natural. One option is an operation called the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap for breast reconstruction. The procedure removes skin and fat from the lower abdomen while preserving the muscle.

Women who undergo DIEP flap breast reconstruction often experience less pain and shorter recovery times than other techniques that do not preserve the muscle. By reducing damage to the donor site, abdominal wall integrity and strength may also be maintained.

For patients who have had previous abdominal surgery or who are not candidates for the DIEP flap, tissue may often be used from the thigh or buttock. Your surgeon will evaluate all potential options and work with you to devise a safe and effective reconstructive plan that meets your individual goals and needs.