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This procedure has its benefits. It can be performed at the time of mastectomy or can be scheduled at a later time and many women find the procedure very similar to a “tummy tuck” as another result of the procedure is a flatter abdomen.

“We probably have in excess of 600 flaps done here locally,” says Dr. Stephen Delatte, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at PPSH. “I would say that we have pretty impressive experience with that.”

Patients also have a greater chance of retaining their abdominal strength, as a normal procedure does not require any muscle to be used. While there are many benefits to having this procedure after a mastectomy, there are some things to keep in mind.

You only have one opportunity for tissue to be taken from your “tummy” for breast reconstruction. If you have a DIEP flap procedure on one breast and then need your other breast to undergo reconstruction, tissue will have to be used from your buttocks or back. Implants are also an option.

You should also consider the cosmetic implications of the procedure. Undergoing a DIEP flap procedure will leave a long horizontal scar — from hipbone to hipbone — underneath your navel to about the top of your pubic area. This is normally considered to be below the “bikini line”.

While you might have a “piece” of you taken away, you should be left with the peace of mind knowing that you are in good hands at PPSH. We will be with you as you take your first step on your journey to recovery…and we want to ensure that you head home feeling “whole” again.

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