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Archive: A Surgical Innovation for Breast Cancer Patients

A surgical innovation now being offered at the UW Health Breast Center offers women with early-stage breast cancer further options of having immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy.

The operation, called Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction, combines breast removal and reconstruction into one surgery. It uses microsurgery and the patient’s own abdominal tissue to reconstruct the breast while sparing the abdominal musculature unlike other traditional methods of breast reconstruction.

UW surgeons from the Divisions of General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are involved in the procedure. A surgical oncologist removes the cancerous breast and leaves a skin envelope. Two other plastic surgeons remove tissue from the abdomen and then reconstruct the breast using the abdominal tissue.

Click here to read more about this exciting new option for breast cancer patients.