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Autologous Reconstruction

Conserving-Surgery

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Reconstruction post mastectomy, can be achieved using one’s own tissue from another part of the body.  This comes attached to its blood supple (pedicled flap), or the blood supply is reattached using microsurgical techniques (free flap).

Many areas can supply tissue, depending on the volume required and if the blood vessel quality is adequate.  Most commonly, tissue from the subcutaneous tissue of the lower abdomen is used. When it is attached to its blood supply it is referred by an acronym of the muscle used (TRAM- Trans Rectus Abdominal Muscular flap).   When it is moved freely, it is referred to by the accompanying vessels (DIEP – Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Vessels Flap).

Other areas of the body are the back (Latissimus Dorsi Flap) and the buttock (Inferior Gluteal Flap), amongst others.

Autologous reconstruction is restricted by lack of adequate donor tissue with appropriate blood supply, and adequate volume.

This form of reconstruction can be immediate or delayed.

Procedure

General Anaesthetic, ranges from 4-8 hours.

Generally, better to have two teams of surgeons to decrease the anaesthetic time.

Time in hospital 5-10 days

Larger operation so potentially more risks associated.

Potential Complications

General anaesthetic risks – Cardiac, Respiratory, Deep Vein Thrombosis

Bleeding

Infection

Flap failure

Wound breakdown

Seroma

Keloid scar

Post Operative Care

No driving for 3-5 weeks

No heavy lifting for 6 weeks.

What’s the next step?

The next step is to book a consultation with our qualified team.

You can book your treatment online or call our friendly team on 03 9041 8445.

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Contact

To assist patients, Dr Yap consults and operates at a number of locations across Melbourne.
There is a centralised booking process from the main rooms.

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St Vincent’s Private
Suite 8, Level 4,
55 Victoria Parade,
Fitzroy 3065

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