Innovative Procedures

Pre-Pectoral and Direct to Implant Reconstruction

Innovative Procedures:


New technology constantly emerges giving us the opportunity to continue to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. Advancements in imaging lead us to a greater understanding of breast flap physiology and perfusion helping to maintain our greater than 99% success rate for microsurgical breast reconstruction procedures. Donor sites are no longer limited to the abdomen and buttock allowing us to offer natural reconstruction to even more women who desire these procedures. Nerve grafts are being developed and tested now giving the ability to restore sensation to a reconstructed breast in the near future. Advances in acellular dermal matrices (ADM) are revolutionizing implant reconstruction. New and exciting advances in the management of post- operative pain are allowing us to drastically decrease the need for post- operative narcotic medications. Every day there seems to be something new that enhances the services we provide to women who desire reconstruction after mastectomy.

Stacked DIEP/GAP

– This procedure relies on a combination of donor sites – along with their nourishing blood vessels – to reconstruct the breast. This is a useful option when a woman only needs one breast reconstructed but no single donor site can give her the fullness she desires, or provide ample tissue to match her unaffected breast. For example, in a stacked DIEP, surgeons would take tissue from both sides of the tummy to make one breast.

The PAP Flap

The Profunda Artery Perforator Flap. Utilizes the posterior thigh soft tissue with scar hidden in the gluteal crease.

Intercostal Flap or TDAP

– Tissue from under the arm or chest can be used to boost the cup size of a natural breast, or to match a natural breast with its reconstructed mate. It is also possible that once healed, a newly constructed breast would benefit from some supplemental tissue. By borrowing tissue from near the breast, and using its existing blood vessels, surgeons can also use this technique for women who have not had mastectomy, but as an alternative to breast implants.

Hip Flap

– Now being offered as an alternative donor site, this is basically a higher superior GAP flap that converts “love handles” into donor tissue.

Lymph Node Transfer

– A new procedure for patients whose underarm lymph nodes have been removed in their breast cancer treatment. It is now possible to treat the resulting lymphedema by transferring lymph nodes from the outer leg or upper outer tummy.

Sensory Improvement

– We’re developing techniques to relocate nerves along with the fatty tissue utilized during reconstruction surgeries. These methods may help speed recovery or improve sensations after mastectomy.

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Post Procedure Care

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Expert Medical Team

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Want More Information? Read “Ask the Doctor” Blog Series Below:

Q&A: Ask The Doctor

Q: How long is the surgery for a single mastectomy and reconstruction using my own abdominal fat? A: Hi Patricia. Thank you for your question. The total time for a given surgery is variable and depends on many details. In general, when we have a patient going through...

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Q&A: Ask The Doctor

Q: I am a former patient of Dr. Craigie - I had a DIEP and GAP a few years ago, and just saw your Facebook post about ReSensation. Not sure if I would be a candidate, but I might be interested in this, depending on what's involved and if insurance would cover. A: Hi!...

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Q&A: Ask The Doctor

Q: My breast lay flat and hang. What can be done about that? A: Hi, Thank you for your question! If you have experienced changes in the shape and size of your breasts, you are not alone. Even if they haven't changed and you would desire to have them not as "flat" and...