DIEP – Breast Cancer Reconstruction – Baton Rouge, LA
DIEP BREAST CANCER RECONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW
DIEP Free Flap is a breast reconstruction procedure that can be performed pre- or post-mastectomy, meaning that a patient can have cancerous tissue removed at the same time as having the breast reconstructed or have the breast reconstructed at a later date. Many patients find the “pre-mastectomy” approach to be beneficial to their self-esteem, as they do not have to live with only one or no breasts after their mastectomy. The procedure itself involves removing a “flap” of complete tissue, including blood vessels, skin, and fat from the abdomen, usually from the lower belly-area, to the breasts. The abdominal muscles are not removed or used in this procedure, unlike some other reconstructive options. This puts the DIEP Free Flap breast reconstruction surgery in the category of a “muscle-sparing” procedure. The blood vessels of this tissue are then attached to the blood vessels of the chest through microsurgery before the tissue is shaped into a natural looking breast.
SOME BENEFITS OF DIEP FREE FLAP INCLUDE:
Waistline Reduction – One of the unique benefits of the DIEP Free Flap procedure over other autologous flap surgical options is that it results in a slimmer waistline after surgery. The placement of the tissue donor site at the lower front of the abdomen is very similar to a “tummy tuck”, and the effect of taking the tissue from this site is much the same. The abdomen is left slimmer and tighter after the procedure, the same as it would be after a tummy tuck.
Natural Look – Aesthetically, autologous flap procedures, like the DIEP Free Flap, result in a much more natural and symmetrical breast appearance and feel than implant reconstruction because they use the patient’s own living tissue to reconstruct the breast. Appearance aside, the DIEP Free Flap procedure also results in a quicker recovery and more core strength retention. Additionally, you avoid all the high complication risks which may occur using a breast implant; such as, capsular contracture, infection or bottoming out. In order to correct any of these issues it would require a second surgery, which most women would like to avoid, and even then, its not a guarantee that complications won’t arise again.
Enjoy The Benefits of a Waistline Reduction
Can be performed Pre- and Post- Mastectomy
More natural & Faster Recovery with Muscle Sparing Techniques
• The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available
• The DIEP free flap uses abdominal skin and fat tissue to reconstruct a more natural feeling breast
• The DIEP flap preserves all the abdominal muscles, unlike more dated procedures such as the TRAM flap
• Sensory nerve reconstruction is available for most patients
• Enjoy the added benefit of a “tummy tuck” for a flatter stomach
• Abdominal issues and complications such as hernia or bulging is very low.
• To treat arm lymphedema, Vascularized Lymph Node transfer can be performed in conjunction with the DIEP procedure.
• Two microsurgeons will perform the procedure to ensure meticulously efficient and optimal results.
• Dr. Theunissen’s success rate is over 99%
• To learn if you are a DIEP flap candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us at 225-218-6108
Breast Reconstruction - A.L., Facebook & Google Review
“I was referred to Dr. Theunissen by my oncologist Dr. Bowie. This was not a surgery I wanted to do but needed to do, and I had a lot of anxiety. He really eased my mind by answering all my questions. I trusted Dr. Theunissen & his staff to take care of everything, and I’m glad I did! I could not be more happy & healthier now!! :-))”
L.A., DIEP Breast Reconstruction, Facebook Review
“Dr. Theunissen performed a double breast reconstruction for me, and I have been very pleased with my care and the final results of my surgery. Dr. T knows his field extremely well and is a skilled surgeon and the nicest physician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
L. J., DIEP Breast Reconstruction, Facebook Review
“Dr. Theunissen is absolutely a brilliant surgeon! After complications with breast implants from previous double mastectomy and reconstruction performed by well-known surgeon in New Orleans, Dr. T spent several visits with me explaining Diep Flap procedure. I really did not want to have this surgery; however, it was my best option. I’m so thankful for Dr. Theunissen and his highly experienced staff! My results are fabulous! I smile every day when I think of what a challenge I was and how happy I am today! Oh, by the way, he discovered a small kidney cancer, which was evident on first CT scan at beginning of my cancer journey! He arranged for partial removal of kidney with a fabulous urologist in Baton Rouge. He absolutely saved my life. Dr. Theunissen did his job, God heals!!!”
C.O., Facebook Review
“My experience with Dr. Theunissen and his staff was exceptional. I had consulted with other groups for my procedure, but decided to travel outside of Lafayette based on his professionalism and attention. His follow-up made me feel that he truly cared about me and my outcome.”
N.S., Breast Augmentation Revision, Google Review
“Second plastic surgeon I have been to for breast augmentation. Answers any and all questions and makes you very comfortable. He did an amazing job repairing my previous surgery. I couldn’t be more happy with the results! His nursing and surgical staff are top notch!!” – Nicole Skrintney, Breast Augmentation Revision, Google Review
D.M., Google Review
“Dr. Theunissen is a wonderful and devoted doctor. His honesty and kindness are just a few details of the incredible bedside manner he has. He is complimented by the loving and knowledgeable staff that work for him. From the front desk, to his assistants, and the recovery nurses, he has a team that provides the best level of care any patient would hope for. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”
T.M., Facebook Review
“A generous and compassionate Doctor, great bedside manner”
Y.F., Facebook Review
“He’s excellent!! I appreciate Dr. T as well has his team for giving my son the best care possible.”
D.R., Brachioplasty, Facebook Review
“I had considered having my “wings” removed from my arms for years but after losing weight I knew it was time. Dr. T. was recommended by a former patient. All concerns were addressed during my consultation & I’m extremely pleased with my results. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr. Theunissen.”
L.C., Facebook Review
“I travel from Alexandria to Baton Rouge to see Dr. T, even for minor treatments such as Botox and/or fillers. In treating me, Dr. T has set the bar so high, I don’t even inquire about local doctors anymore. They just won’t measure up. Oh, I’m sure we have good doctors here, but Dr. T is great! You can trust Dr. T. He listens to your concerns and goes out of his way to see that you are happy. He instantly puts even the shyest person at ease. Let me not neglect to mention Dr. T’s phenomenal staff! He has the best nurse and reception area 🙂 Thank you, Dr T & Staff 🙂 Blessings, Lydia Cortello”