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Case #88 Details
This 60 year old Long Island mother of three was diagnosed with right sided breast cancer and needed a mastectomy. Her breasts were quite full and she was open to lifting the left breast but wanted to retain that fullness. We discussed her options, which included implants, but also included using her body’s own abdominal tissue.
After discussion she decided to go ahead with her own abdominal tissue and she was an excellent candidate for the DIEP flap. DIEP stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap, and what it means is that the tissue of the lower abdomen is brought up to reconstruct the breast without taking the abdominal muscles. So the tissue is brought up with small blood vessels supplying blood flow to the tissue. Those blood vessels are reattached using microsurgery to the blood vessels behind a chest rib. With a team approach, my associate, Dr. Dana Khuthaila and I completed her surgery in just a few hours and she spent a few days in the hospital before going home.
A few months later I reconstructed the right nipple and areola using skin from her upper inner thigh and we lifted the left breast. Her breasts are soft, symmetric and she looks great.
If you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction call Dr. James Romanelli at our Huntington Long Island office to schedule your complimentary consultation today. 631-424-3600.
Surgeon: Dr. James N. Romanelli
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