Breast reconstruction with extended abdomen flap or the love handle flap
An extended abdomen flap breast reconstruction is a combination of a DIEP flap along with a DCIA flap (Deep circumflex iliac artery perforator flap). Dr. Goldberg will utilize the entire lower abdomen and the love handle tissues to achieve the desired volume breast reconstruction and at the same time provide a complete organic breast reconstruction using your own tissue.
*Individual Results May Vary
Patient is a 56-year-old mother who was diagnosed with left breast cancer and BRCA 1 gene mutation in 2005. She required both breasts mastectomy. She also had left breast radiation. She had implant base breast reconstruction done elsewhere that did not look like breasts and misshape and small for her frame. Her breast reconstruction revision journey included:
Surgery: Bilateral breast implants removal, capsulectomy and reconstruction with extended abdomen or love handle flaps
She is awaiting for her final stage of reconstruction of the nipple.
She is now a D cup breasts that is made of her own natural tissue
Who is a candidate for Extended abdomen flap breast reconstruction?
Women who have small amount of abdomen tissue but also have excess tissue in the love handle are candidates for an extended abdomen flap breast reconstruction. Furthermore, these women desire a total organic or natural breast reconstruction without the use of an implant. These patients are the best candidates for an extended abdomen flap breast reconstruction.
How long does procedure take?
Normally, an extended abdomen flap procedure takes about 5 hours per breast. For bilateral extended abdomen flap breast reconstruction, the surgery is about 8 to 10 hours. The patient stays in the hospital for 3 days.
What is the recovery process?
Once the patient is discharge home, the recovery process is very smooth. Dr. Goldberg ask you to refrain from heavy lifting or pulling for 6 weeks. This allow for the incisions to heal. If a person has a desk job they may return to work as early as 2 weeks. For women with manual labor-type jobs, they may return to work in 4 to 6 weeks