PRMA Plastic Surgery of San Antonio, TX continues to lead the way for advanced breast reconstruction, welcoming Breast Cancer patients from across the World.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
PRMA Plastic Surgery is gaining national media attention for a little known breast reconstruction procedure, the DIEP flap.
San Antonio’s KENS5 reports that the DIEP flap, which stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator, is performed by fewer than 50 U.S. doctors routinely. The procedure uses the patient’s own abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a natural, warm, soft breast that mimics the patient’s original breast. The procedure gives the patient the added advantage of a tummy tuck while sparing the abdominal muscle completely for quicker recovery. Once recovered, patients are typically able to resume all their pre-cancer activities since they maintain their abdominal muscle strength. Since the abdominal muscles are preserved, the DIEP procedure is also associated with a much lower risk of abdominal bulging (“pooching”) and hernia compared to the older TRAM flap procedure.
Many women opt for this procedure as blood vessels and sensory nerves are also reconnected, allowing patients to keep sensation in the reconstructed breasts.
PRMA surgeon Steven Pisano says that the results are appealing to women as it keeps them from feeling the full emotional and psychological impact of a mastectomy. “They avoid the depression and anxiety and the loss of feeling feminine that comes with the mastectomy,” says Pisano.
Currently 1 out of 10 American women visits PRMA for the DIEP flap procedure, with patients coming to the San Antonio facility from across the country and even from other countries.
Catherine Lutz, a patient from Corpus Christi Texas who travelled to PRMA, says that she had originally opted for implants until she found out about the DIEP flap. “After meeting with Dr. Pisano I decided to have the DIEP flap procedure,” said Lutz. “It was the best decision and looking back I think, ‘wow, it was a no-brainer.’”
PRMA has performed over 4,000 flap surgeries, however even with so many procedures being performed, many breast cancer patients are not fully aware of their breast reconstruction options. PRMA surgeons say that doctors need to be more educated about the procedure and patients should know that prosthetics and implants aren’t the only options.
About PRMAPRMA Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX, specializes in advanced breast reconstruction using the patient’s own tissue. Procedures offered include the DIEP flap, SIEA flap, GAP flap, and TUG flap. Patients are routinely welcomed from across and outside the US. Connect with other breast cancer reconstruction patients at facebook.com/PRMAplasticsurgery
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