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Breast Reconstruction (DIEP Flap) Archive Questions

Below are Dr. Devinder Singh’s answers to Breast Reconstruction (DIEP Flap) questions
received through the Ask the Expert feature.

This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended
to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a
health problem. Please consult with your physician about your specific health
care concerns.

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Q : 1

My wife had the DIEP flap reconstruction a few weeks ago. She has a couple of holes where there is oozing and there is an odor from the wounds. They are packing the area, but it seems like it is taking a long time to heal. Is this normal?

If the flaps have been removed (debrided) and there are open wounds where radiation also was delivered, it can take a while to heal.

Q : 2

Would you perform the removal of perforator flaps on a patient who is a smoker?

Yes, I do perform free flap surgery, including perforator flap, on smokers. There is a higher risk of wound issues in the donor site, but the flap itself should be fine.

Q : 3

I am a breast cancer survivor. After having six reconstruction surgeries, I have been left with no tissue on the side where I had the mastectomy. I am down to my breast bone and have a lot of scar tissue. Could this procedure be an option for me?

Yes, I think a DIEP flap is a great option for you, if you have enough tissue to donate. If you'd like to be evaluated at our center, please call my office at 410-328-2360.


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