DIEP flap reconstruction (deep inferior epigastric perforator) is an advanced microsurgical technique in breast reconstruction which recreates a breast lost to mastectomy with living fat transplanted from the lower tummy. DIEP flap reconstruction utilizes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, without sacrificing muscles, to construct a new breast made of soft, warm, living tissue. Women who undergo the DIEP flap reconstruction also benefit from improved abdominal contouring, much like a “tummy tuck.” The tissue is transferred to the chest where the surgeon attaches the donor tissue blood vessels to the mastectomy site forming a living filler for the breast tissue removed by mastectomy. The APEX FlapCM (abdominal perforator engineered vascular exchange)is the latest refinement of this technique and provides another level of sophistication to the options available to women facing mastectomy. While there are several choices when it comes to reconstructive breast surgery, the DIEP and APEX flapCM procedures represent the most advanced surgical technology available. In cases when the patient lacks enough abdominal tissue to create a new breast, there are additional options, including the Stacked DIEP, BODY LIFT Flap® and the Hip Flap procedures to complete an option set for all body types.
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 our Breast Oncology team Surgical Breast Oncologist W. Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS and Clinical Breast Oncologist 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.