Comparing DIEP Flap Reconstruction and TRAM Flap Reconstruction | Dallas, Texas
When women first begin to consider their options following mastectomy, they may be unfamiliar with the procedures that are available. There are a number of options from which they can choose, each with advantages and disadvantages. One of the older, more common procedures that women may learn about is TRAM flap reconstruction. Dallas women may also hear about a more advanced procedure that is similar in certain respects: DIEP flap reconstruction.
Dallas-based Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction recommends patients choose DIEP flap over TRAM flap. To understand why, we offer an overview of both procedures and outline the benefits that DIEP breast reconstruction offers Dallas patients.
TRAM flap surgery, like most flap surgeries, is a process by which a combination of muscle, fat, and skin is taken from one part of the patient’s body for use in remaking her breast or breasts. In the case of TRAM flap, the tissue is taken from the abdomen. To have tram flap surgery, Dallas clients must have the right physical specifications. For example, they need to have enough material in the abdomen to be used in the breast reconstruction. Also, if they have had surgeries that have weakened the abdominal wall, doctors may opt for a different approach.
This points to one of the significant disadvantages of TRAM flap reconstruction. Dallas patients who undergo TRAM flap are choosing a procedure that will take a greater amount of material away from the abdominal wall. The results may include a longer recovery time and increased risk of hernia. Both of these factors are as a result of the weakening of the abdominal wall muscle.
With DIEP flap reconstruction, Dallas patients are able to achieve results similar to TRAM flap surgery. However, doctors who use the practice can perform the transplant without removing sizeable portions of the abdominal wall. DIEP flap involves using microsurgical techniques to take content from the abdomen. This allows patients to heal faster than in TRAM flap surgery.
Dallas professionals at Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction note that, other than DIEP flap offering these benefits, the two procedures are very similar. Patients still benefit from a shapelier midsection due to the “tummy tuck” effects of the procedure. Typically, clients who are interested in TRAM flap surgery are also candidates for DIEP flap. The difference is whether the physician with which the patient is working has the skill required to perform DIEP breast reconstruction.
Doctors with the Center are able to offer DIEP breast reconstruction because they have extensive training in the procedure. They were among the first to perform DIEP flap in our area of Texas and are among the only professionals trained in the technique throughout the country. Whether you choose to consult with our clinic—or, if you are speaking with another physician—ask about the benefits and drawbacks of each procedure in order to make the best decision for your treatment.
To get more information about DIEP breast reconstruction, Dallas patients are encouraged to email or call 972-566-3939.