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DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap is a cutting-edge surgical procedure in which the breast is reconstructed using tissue from the patient's own body. The procedure involves the microvascular transfer of the patient’s abdominal skin and subcutaneous tissue (fat) to the breast area.
This approach provides significant benefits to the patient, including a natural-looking breast, maintained core strength, and a quicker recovery than traditional procedures, as well as the bonus of a slimmer appearance following surgery.
The abdominal muscles are left intact in this procedure. By maintaining the viability of the abdominal muscle, the DIEP procedure helps to preserve abdominal strength, lessen the likelihood of a hernia, and shorten recovery time.
At the University of Colorado we have three experienced surgeons (Drs. Aycock, Mathes, and Chong) dedicated to performing this surgery. We employ the latest technology to help our surgeons obtain the best possible outcome, including pre-operative CT angiography to map out the location of blood vessels. In addition, we have recently introduced the use of SPY angiography, which allows us to evaluate the perfusion of the tissue in real time and make clinical decisions that can reduce post-operative complications.
Call (720) 848-0800 for an appointment.