Mar 07, 2019 · A DIEP flap is similar to a muscle-sparing free TRAM flap, except that no muscle is used to rebuild the breast. (A muscle-sparing free TRAM flap uses a small amount of muscle.) A DIEP flap is considered a muscle-sparing type of flap. DIEP stands for the deep inferior epigastric perforator artery, which runs through the abdomen.
The DIEP flap is the technique where skin and tissue (no muscle) is taken from the abdomen in order to recreate the breast. This is the most common procedure performed at our Breast Center as women generally have excess skin and fat along the lower portion of their abdomen; plus, patients like the “tummy tuck” it gives.
Oct 04, 2017 · The DIEP flap is an excellent alternative to implants for patients seeking to recreate a warm, soft, "natural" breast after mastectomy. ERAS protocols have minimized post-operative discomfort and shortened recovery significantly, further strengthening the DIEP flap's position as today's "gold standard" in breast reconstruction.