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SIEA Flap Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery
The Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) flap is a highly specialized technique for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. It results in the same natural breast that is created with the DIEP flap and utilizes the same skin and fat. What is different is that the blood vessels for this flap are superficial. The vessels are above the muscle and fascia. Not only is no muscle utilized, but even better, the muscle is not manipulated at all. The advantage is an even faster recovery and zero risk of hernia.
Why doesn't everyone have a SIEA flap? Often, women will not be a candidate for the procedure because their Superficial Inferior Epigastric vessels are too tiny to utilize. The procedure also may not be an option if these vessels are not the dominant blood supply to the skin and fat that would be utilized to reconstruct the breast. With doppler (a fancy stethoscope) exam done before surgery, Dr. Keller can predict if the vessels will be acceptable for SIEA flap. However, ultimately, the final determination of candidacy is made in the operating room.
To find out more about SIEA flap breast reconstruction surgery on Long Island and in the New York metro area, click here to request a phone consultation from Dr. Keller, a renowned plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive flap procedures. You can also call the practice at 516-482-1100 to schedule an appointment.