DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) flap treatment is a type of breast reconstruction surgery, a woman can have after breast removal due to cancer or mastectomy.  Basically in this technique a person takes a tissue from any other area of the body in order to use for reconstruction of the breast. While deep inferior epigastric artery is a kind of blood vessel which provides blood to the lower abdomen tissue by passing through it. It is performed in phases usually, in order to make breast look like natural.

Some Facts About DIEP Flap treatment:

Here are some facts related to DIEP flap treatment which make it preamble:

  • It is one of the best kinds of treatments that can be used for breast implants.
  • It is highly complex and requires specialized microsurgery.
  • Excess fat or skin is taken from the stomach I order to reconstruct the breast.

How DIEP flap treatment is done?

The procedure requires a doctor expert in microsurgery. If one side reconstruction has to be done then tissue from one side of abdomen is taken. While if reconstruction from both sides has to be done, then doctor will take tissues from both sides of abdomen.

After the tissue removal, the lower abdomen skin is then closed tightly. And the removed tissue is then used to create a new breast. There is need to connect the abdominal tissue to the blood vessels, for this purpose often a small portion of rib is removed near chest. In some cases the introduced tissue is also connected with armpit blood vessels. During this surgery nipple or areola portion is not reconstructed. When the breast tissue is fully healed then areola reconstruction is done using some other approaches.

Who shouldn’t have it?

As it is said that it is not for everyone it may cause some serious issues in some people.  So here it is explained that for what kind of people DIEP flap treatment not a good choice is:

  • Women, who do not have enough belly tissue, cannot have this treatment. For such women a different approach is used.
  • Those women who have had abdominal surgeries already for example, colostomy, abdominoplasty etc. cannot have this treatment.
  • Those women who do not have abdominal vessel at appropriate location for this surgery or have small vessels cannot have this treatment.

Benefits:

It is more complex and modern form of Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous flap treatment. In DIEP flap treatment Islamabad, Rawalpindi & Pakistan very small or no muscle is used. Due to which person faces fewer problems.  Recovery after this type of treatment is usually faster. And there is a less chance to suffer from hernia.

Risks and Complications:

It can be a good option for most of the people but some risks and complications are associated with this complicated type of surgery for example, poor healing, hernia, bleeding, infection and flap loss. Person may have some issues regarding blood supply to the transplanted tissue. It may also cause death of tissue which may require surgical removal. Women who use cigarettes and tobacco are asked to leave it because in these cases healing is slow.

Recovery Time:

Women are allowed to walk next day of Breast surgery. Women require after surgery drains for almost two to three times in order to prevent transplanted tissue from swelling. In mostly case recovery takes almost 4 to 6 weeks in order to continue regular activities. After treatment a women should wait enough to get clearance from her doctor in order to continue more strenuous activities.

Final thoughts:

Although there are several benefits associated with DIEF flap treatment Islamabad Pakistan yet not all hospitals facilitate people with this treatment. It is because this is a new technique and requires a lot of perfection, specialized instruments and training. Before having this treatment a woman should consult doctor, whether she can have this treatment or not, and should follow doctor’s advice. After having this treatment there is need to avoid heavy weight lifting, strenuous sports and other such activities for almost six weeks. You can ask your therapist in order to guide you regarding your movements until you are recovered fully.