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.

Why Choose The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction?

Post Procedure Care

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Restored Lives!

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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: I'm scheduled for a second mastectomy and dual flap reconstruction in June. What type of clothing should I prepare for right after surgery? A:  Are you having surgery with us? Q: No. I'm in Hershey, Pa., and am looking for general guidance to try to prepare...

Q&A Ask the Doctor

Q: I’m in the process of preparing for my double mastectomy with plastic surgery and trying to make an informed decision on implants vs my own skin. Just had a zoom meeting with FORCE and found out how the ladies liked the Diep flap vs the implants. A: I am sorry to...

Q&A: Ask the Doctor

Q: I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2019. I am looking forward to the last stage of reconstruction, nipple tattooing. Do you offer online consultations? I live in Warner Robins and am having a difficult time finding a place with references for the nipple tattooing. I...

Can I have someone stay with me in the hospital after breast reconstruction surgery?

Having a helping hand during stressful times can be a source of comfort and much-needed guidance, and this is especially true when it comes to navigating your post-operative experience. Along with the medical professionals dedicated to your care, a family member or...

Eat Well to Heal Well

Taking care of yourself postoperatively is essential for your health, and an important part of this responsibility is proper nutrition. Eating well after surgery helps your body heal safely and effectively. During recovery, you need extra support from your diet, so...

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