Options if DIEP not available?

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Question from Mitla: What would you suggest for the patient who wants a DIEP, but doesn't find it readily available in her area?
Answers - Carolyn Chang If you really want a DIEP flap and it's not readily available in your area, your only option is to travel. You can always have it done after the mastectomy in a delayed fashion. The other alternative, of course, is a regular pedicle TRAM flap, which, once again, I feel is an outstanding reconstruction. I don't know your particular concerns. There really aren't any other options if the DIEP isn't available to you other than going to where the DIEP is available.

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