The APEX FlapCM is used when the vessels of the abdomen are small or they are not in the best location. This procedure, pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, allows the surgeon to avoid cutting muscle in the abdomen while increasing the blood flow to the tissue to prevent fat necrosis and produce a breast with maximum softness and a tummy with preserved strength.
APEX FlapCM reconstruction is an advanced microsurgical technique in breast reconstruction which uses the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy. APEX FlapCM reconstruction utilizes the excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen without sacrificing any abdominal muscles to construct a breast of soft, warm, living tissue. Women who undergo the APEX FlapCM reconstruction also benefit from improved abdominal contouring, much like a “tummy tuck.”
APEX FlapCM reconstruction uses a flap of complete tissue (blood vessels, skin and fat) as the donor tissue for the new breast. This flap is transferred to the chest where the surgeon attaches the donor tissue blood vessels to the mastectomy site and reconstructs the new, living breast.
While there are several choices when it comes to reconstructive breast surgery after a mastectomy, the APEX FlapCM reconstruction is generally the preferred reconstructive option for most women. In cases when the patient lacks enough abdominal fat tissue there are additional options, including the Stacked DIEP reconstruction or the GAP Flap.
The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, affiliated with the St. Charles Surgical Hospital—the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing breast cancer—was established to serve as a dedicated center of excellence for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction. Craig A. Blum, MD; Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; and M. Whitten Wise, MD are pioneers in the art of rebuilding breasts lost to cancer, preventive mastectomy, developmental defects, and deformities associated with previous surgery. Their sophisticated microsurgical techniques allow for recreation of the breast with natural tissue while preserving strength and restoring beauty. Together, with Board Certified Breast Surgical Oncologists W. Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS and Alan Stolier, M.D., FACS, they comprise a group of international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the Gluteal Hip Flap, the BODY LIFT Flap®, and the APEX Flap. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer, seeking BRCA risk reduction, or searching for solutions to existing breast deformities. Their Center is tailored and staffed to cater to the needs of clientele who travel from all over the world for their services. For more information please visit www.breastcenter.com or www.scsh.com.