If I had Mastectomy this time with expanders, is it too late to get a diep flap after having expanders in for 4 months?
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DIEP flap after tissue expanders
Options are still open to you
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DIEP flap after expanders
Because you have had radiation, a DIEP flap is an excellent option to reconstruct your breasts. And it is not too late to have a DIEP flap even though you have expanders placed. In your case, your tissue expanders can be removed and a DIEP flap can be placed in the same pocket. A DIEP can replace tissue expanders or even permanent implants. Several women replace their tissue expanders for flaps because of capsular contracture, firmness, malposition, poor aesthetic result. Best to seek a board certified plastic surgeon with significant microvascular experience to perform the surgery. Best of luck on your reconstructive journey.
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