Pioneered at our Center, the “Stacked DIEP Flap” provides an option for the thin woman who needs reconstruction of a single breast. This allows for use of more abdominal fatty tissue than conventional procedures. The Stacked Flap gives women with a thin abdomen a new option when they otherwise might not have been candidates for use of the tummy fat.
The stacked DIEP reconstruction is performed when both sides of the abdomen must be used to reconstruct one breast. In this case two DIEP Flaps are used, providing greater volume to the reconstructed breast by using more abdominal fatty tissue than the single DIEP flap breast reconstruction procedure.
Pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, the stacked DIEP reconstruction has provided the opportunity for reconstruction with abdominal tissue for women who would have previously not been candidates.
Perforator flaps represent the state of the art in breast reconstruction. Replacing the skin and soft tissue removed at mastectomy with soft, warm, living tissue is accomplished by borrowing skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen or hip. This is accomplished without sacrificing muscles and strength as compared to less sophisticated techniques.
Another option for the thinner woman or those with otherwise inadequate abdominal tissue is the GAP Flap procedure. This technique uses tissue borrowed from the gluteal area to reconstruct the breast. The fatty tissue is removed from the excess in the upper or lower hip and buttock providing a closure line that is concealed even in the most delicate of undergarments.
Dr. Frank DellaCroce, Dr. Scott Sullivan and Dr. Christopher Trahan are international leaders in all breast cancer reconstruction surgery options, including the Stacked DIEP reconstruction procedure, which offers another option for the thin woman who needs reconstruction of only one breast.
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.