Long-term followup on DIEP reconstruction?

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Question from NVH: Has there been any long-term follow up on the DIEP-type reconstruction? How are women faring with it?
Answers - Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. I can't say that I saw anything presented at the meeting about it, but my understanding is that it's a very useful and accepted plastic surgical technique for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. The choice of which type of reconstruction is appropriate for any individual patient is a personalized decision that can really only be made by that patient in consultation with her physician. There are many alternatives for plastic surgical reconstruction of the breasts after mastectomy, including immediate reconstruction with implants, tissue expander followed by reconstruction, and a variety of flap reconstructions. The details of which surgical technique is best for any individual woman depend on her anatomy and her other medical conditions.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in December 2008.

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