Flap Reconstruction

The flap reconstruction, also called autologous reconstruction, uses skin, fat, muscles of other body parts to add volume to another part. The tissue may or may not be translocated with blood vessels attached from the donor site to the recipient site. It is commonly used after mastectomy to form breasts and give them shape. The tissue or the flap is taken from the donor site,  usually the belly button, buttocks, inner thighs, etc.

Different types of flaps, such as free flap( without blood vessels) or pedicle flap( with blood vessels) are used for flap reconstruction. Typically, flap reconstruction in Pune is preferred for breast reconstruction than breast implants because these last for a lifetime after reconstruction surgery in contrast to implants that have maximum durability of ten to twenty years, after which it has to be changed. 

Plus, flap reconstruction tissues can endure radiation (emitted in diagnostic tests and treatments) better than implants, hence not obstructing any treatments. It is also a reason why it is preferable.

Types Of Flap Reconstruction In Pune

Flap reconstruction is of the following types:

DIEP Flap Reconstruction

DIEP, Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Artery, is found in the abdomen. In a DIEP flap, fat, skin, and blood vessels are excised from the lower belly and relocated to the chest for breast construction. The surgeon carefully detaches the tissues from the abdomen below the belly button and re-attaches them to breast vessels with microsurgery.

SIEA Flap Reconstruction

The SIEA, a superficial inferior epigastric artery blood vessel, is present underneath the lower abdomen skin. The DIEP flap (superficial inferior epigastric perforator) is similar to a DIEP flap, except that blood vessels in the belly are moved along with the fat and skin, and the abdominal muscles are spared. The surgeon carefully re-attaches the blood vessels in the recipient site through microsurgery.

Both DIEP and SIEA are muscle-sparing reconstruction flaps because they do not disturb the muscles present underneath the abdomen while translocating.

TRAM Flap Reconstruction In Pune

TRAM stands for the transverse rectus abdominis muscle. TRAM surgery uses and translocates fat and skin from your lower belly extending to the pelvis bone or covering the 6-abs part of the belly. It is used to cover up the scars left behind by breast cancer surgery. The tram  flap reconstruction in Pune uses two types of flap, namely:

  • Free Tram Flap– In this fat, skin, blood vessels, and muscle are cut from lower belly walls.. The surgeon performing tram flap reconstruction in Pune detaches and then re-attaches the blood vessels to the breast with microsurgery.
  • Pedicle Tram Flap– Pedicle refers to a flap attached to its blood supply. Hence, the pedicle tram flap uses fat, tissues, muscles, and blood vessels from the lower belly, attached to the original blood supply source. It uses a large portion of “rectus abdominis” through muscle transfer. Recovery from this surgery takes longer.

Why Choose Dr. Amit Mulay For Flap Reconstruction In Pune?

Flaps are versatile and can fill large defects, recreate structures (especially breasts), or cover joints. However, these surgeries require utmost diligence and perfection while performing intricate microsurgery while translocating and joining minute blood vessels. 

Dr. Mulay is highly qualified and has vast experience in performing diverse and adept reconstruction and aesthetic surgeries. He has not only attempted but has also given positive results to most flap reconstruction surgery in Pune

Breast reconstruction is a significant surgery for breast cancer survivors or a normal woman with inadequately grown breasts. Dr. Mulay’s compassionate nature also contributes to easy treatment flow during these intricate surgeries. Therefore, choose Dr. Mulay for aesthetically appealing, effective, and long-lasting flap reconstruction surgery in Pune.