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TRAM Flap
The TRAM Flap procedure is not offered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.  More advanced techniques now allow for use of the same tummy fat to create a new breast without destroying the abdomen’s muscles or implanting artificial mesh.  Pioneering work at our Center has resulted in the development of  sophisticated microsurgical techniques that make the TRAM flap obsolete as a choice for breast reconstruction at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

Latissimus Flap
The Latissimus Flap procedure creates an incision across the back and moves the large “rowing muscle” from the back to the breast.  This muscle is thin so an implant must usually be placed under it to form the new breast’s projection and shape.  The sacrifice of this muscle causes some shoulder weakness and the scar placement is considered unappealing.  The Latissimus Flap is not offered as a first line choice for breast reconstruction at the Center For Restorative Breast Surgery.


The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery was established to serve as a dedicated resource for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction utilizing the body’s own tissue. Frank DellaCroce, M.D., FACS, Scott Sullivan, M.D., FACS, Chris Trahan, M.D., FACS and M. Whitten Wise, M.D. are pioneers in the most sophisticated breast surgery techniques that allow for microsurgical fat transplantation to rebuild the breast without sacrifice of important functional core muscles. They are international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the gluteal hip flap, and the revolutionary BODY LIFT FlapSM. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer or seeking risk reduction from around the world.

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DIEP-I
Stacked Flap
BODY LIFT Flap
Hip Flap
Redo
Nipple Sparing
BRCA Reconstruction

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