Tissue expanders being used for skin sparing DIEP flap reconstruction for large breasted cancer free patient?
Merritt Island, FL
1 year ago
Chek2 mutation, strong family history, 38DD bra size. My plastic surgeon is recommending a multi-staged approach with expansion fillers. After mastectomy, I would have multiple trips filling the expanders then several months recovery and then go back again for DIEP flap surgery. This would require two surgical recoveries and two separate hospital stays. Everything I have read says I would be a good candidate for immediate reconstruction, I'm young, in good health and no radiation or chemo is needed.
Doctor Answers 1
Single stage reconstruction is a good option for patients with tissue availability not undergoing radiation therapy. Discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon her/his reasoning behind the staged approach. Best, Dr. Yegiyants.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as
a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you
have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute
or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.