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Two Colorado Surgeons Become Pioneers In Microsurgical DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Dr Jeremy Z Williams and Dr Christopher G Williams, both with Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery center based in Lone Tree, Colorado will be working with a local hospital to bring DIEP Flap breast reconstruction to Colorado patients.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 6, 2008 -- With over 260,000 people being diagnosed with breast cancer every year, new alternatives to breast reconstruction are in constant demand. Dr Jeremy Z Williams and Dr Christopher G Williams, both with Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery center based in Lone Tree, Colorado are bringing one of the newest and most exciting procedures to their clients, DIEP Flap breast reconstruction.

"Our goal with any surgical procedure is to provide maximum effectiveness to our patients," stated Dr Jeremy Williams. "As women recover, we want to help get them back to their normal lifestyle as quick as possible."

In the past, there have been few options available to women desiring breast reconstruction. Women could choose to have saline or silicone implants, use her own tissue flap, or a combination of the two. The transverse rectus abdominis muscle flap, or TRAM flap, was the most common of the procedures. The TRAM flap is the process of taking tissue and muscle from the abdominal area, and reconnecting it to form a breast shape. While the TRAM flap does offer women the opportunity to resume a natural look and feel, it does have drawbacks. Because the TRAM flap removes both tissue and muscle, some women may experience decreased strength in the abdominal area, making mobility difficult.

A newer procedure, the DIEP Flap (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap), offers women a better choice.

DIEP Flap provides state of the art technology to breast reconstruction. During a mastectomy, skin and tissue removed during the surgery is replaced with skin and soft tissue borrowed from the abdomen. Unlike the TRAM flap procedure, the DIEP flap takes tissue from the abdominal area, but leaves the muscle intact. Giving women the same, natural look and feel without the complications arising from removing the muscle in the abdominal area.

DIEP flap is a delicate procedure, and requires more time and skill on behalf of the surgeon as it requires microsurgery to reconnect the tiny blood vessels. Because the DIEP flap's complexity, the TRAM flap procedure has been more widely used by surgeons. This will be the first time DIEP flap breast reconstruction is offered as a choice to women in Colorado and the surrounding areas.

"We're excited to be able to bring this technology to the women in our local community. We're looking forward to helping women recover from the effects of having a mastectomy as quickly as possible," stated Dr Christopher Williams.

Dr. Jeremy Z. Williams
Dr. Jeremy Z. Williams is a cosmetic surgeon with Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree, Colorado. He spent seven-years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (ranked by U.S. News & World Report as America's #1 hospital for the last 15 years) training in the area of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Science Center and School of Medicine. Dr. Williams has had a lifelong interest in academic plastic surgery, and maintains an active interest in the pursuit of new innovations through research in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Christopher G Williams
Dr Christopher G Williams is a plastic surgeon with Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree, Colorado. He spent eight-years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland training in the area of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery, including craniofacial surgery, facial trauma, microsurgical reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery. He spent an extra six months dedicated to DIEP flap surgery during his ninth year of training.

For more information on DIEP Flap breast reconstruction or Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, visit or call 303-706-1100.

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