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 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, and Chris Trahan, M.D. specialize exclusively in state-of-the-art breast surgery techniques that allow for microsurgical fat transplantation to rebuild the breast without sacrifice of important functional 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 over 4000 breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer from around the world.