Dr. Rozbeh Torabi | Dr. Radbeh Torabi
DIEP Breast Reconstruction – Post-Mastectomy Surgery – Phoenix, AZ
When you choose to have a DIEP flap reconstruction, you will not have the same complications after the surgery as you would have with breast implants. This includes issues such as implant rupture, rippling, capsular contracture, or the need for multiple revision surgeries when the implants need exchanged.
The autologous tissue from your abdomen will have a natural look and feel to the breast that you would not achieve with a synthetic implant, especially if you only have reconstruction on one breast.
The DIEP flap surgery does have drawbacks, as well. The surgery for this procedure is longer, and will require the remove of tissue from other areas of the body. This will mean that you will also have multiple incision points with scarring. The good news is that your surgery is being performed by a highly-skilled plastic surgeon, who will do his absolute best to limit your scarring, and make each surgical site look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Keep in mind that there is also a risk of infection. If the DIEP flap fails, it will require follow-up surgeries to correct the reconstruction, and may involve the use of silicone or saline implants in the place of your own tissue.
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) states that if your health plan or insurance company offers coverage for mastectomies, the plan is required to offer coverage for all stages of reconstruction of the breast(s), including corrective surgeries, insertion of prostheses, and post-mastectomy lymphedema. The group health plan or insurance company can still impose deductibles to the procedures, however, the deductible must be applicable to the services as they apply to a mastectomy.
DIEP RECONSTRUCTION SURGEONS REQUIREMENTS
DIEP SURGERY RECOVERY AND HEALING
FOLLOW-UP & CONSIDERATIONS AFTER DIEP SURGERY