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    DIEP Flap for Breast Reconstruction

    DIEP Flap for Breast Reconstruction

    DIEP flap for breast reconstruction

    DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) flap is a type of breast reconstruction surgery. The surgeon takes fat and skin (but not muscle) from the lower belly area. Saving the muscle helps avoid later belly weakness. By reducing fat and skin in the belly, DIEP surgery results in a "tummy tuck."

    DIEP is a "free flap" surgery, which means the tissue and blood vessels are cut. After the flap is in place, the surgeon sews the blood vessels in the flap to blood vessels in the chest area. This requires careful surgery using a microscope.

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
    Last Revised June 28, 2013

    Last Revised: June 28, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology

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