The Park Meadows surgical team was among the first in Colorado to offer DIEP Flap (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) breast reconstruction, a complex and innovative technique performed by less than five percent of plastic surgeons across the country. DIEP Flap breast reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue and skin to reconstruct the breast, offering patients longer-lasting, more natural-looking results compared to implant-based reconstruction, while avoiding many of the complications associated with older tissue flap procedures. With the DIEP Flap reconstruction, the surgeon uses muscle-sparing and nerve-sparing techniques to limit damage to donor sites. By leaving abdominal muscles intact, the patient can avoid the prolonged abdominal weakness that can result from other flap techniques, while benefitting from a quicker recovery time after surgery.
The Park Meadows surgical team has successfully completed more than 25 DIEP Flap procedures this year, by far the most any surgical team has completed in the Colorado region. Additionally, the team has performed several prophylactic DIEP Flap reconstructive procedures for women with serious genetic risk factors for developing breast cancer who have chosen to undergo mastectomy in order to reduce their chance of later developing breast cancer.
Park Meadows surgeon Dr. Christopher Williams said, "Some women who are genetically at very high risk of developing breast cancer may elect to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy. According to the American Cancer Society, these women may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by greater than 90%. At Park Meadows, we're committed to helping breast cancer patients, as well as women at risk for br
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