Can a sensory nerve in the DIEP flap be connected after the flap's been attached to the unilateral mastectomy site?
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Sensory Recovery in the DIEP Flap
Nevertheless, you can still get sensory innervation of your DIEP flaps without nerve repair. More than half of the TRAM or DIEP free flaps regain some sensation starting from the side and midline of the chest through the process of peripheral neurotization, which occurs naturally whenever a sensory nerve is cut.
Sensory restoration and DIEP flap
DIEP flap sensation
Three basic forms of breast reconstruction exist. You can use your own tissue, implants or a combination of the previous two techniques. Your own tissue can be used in the form of the DIEP flap, PAP flap, SGAP flap or fat grafting. Implants can be done in one stage or two stage. Two stage reconstructions are started by placing expanders at the time of mastectomy. Once they expanders are placed they are able to be inflated as determined by wound healing. The final type consists of combining any of the above techniques.
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