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.
Dr. Frank DellaCroce, Dr. Scott Sullivan and Dr. Christopher Trahan at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery are international leaders in breast cancer reconstruction surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including:
- Immediate Breast Reconstruction
- Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
- Stacked DIEP Reconstruction
- Hip Flap
- GAP Flap
- Advanced Stacked Abdominal/Hip Flap
They have performed over 4000 Breast Reconstruction procedures on women facing breast cancer.