Get answers to your Breast Reconstruction (DIEP Flap) questions.
Transverse rectus abdominous muscle flap; TRAM; Latissimus muscle flap with a breast implant; DIEP flap; Gluteal free flap
You will stay in the hospital for 2 to 5 days.
You may still have drains in your chest when you go home. Your surgeon will remove them later during an office visit. You may have pain around your cut after surgery.
Fluid may collect under the skin of your armpit. This is called a seroma. It is fairly common. Seromas usually go away on their own, but sometimes they need to be drained.
Results of reconstruction surgery using natural tissue are usually very good. But reconstruction will not restore normal sensation on your new breast or nipple.
Recovery is usually faster when reconstruction is done after the mastectomy wound has healed.
Having breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer can improve your sense of well-being and quality of life.
Wilhelmi BJ, Phillips LG. Breast reconstruction. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 35.
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