Pregnancy possible, safe after DIEP flap?

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Question from Jenn: Is pregnancy possible or even safe after a DIEP reconstruction?
Answers - Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. Good question!
Joseph Serletti In my experience of probably over a thousand free TRAMs, DIEPs and SIEA flaps, we have had over ten patients become pregnant. One actually became pregnant just weeks after her breast reconstruction. Almost all of those patients were delivered by C-section because of the prior abdominal surgery. None of them had any issues with their pregnancy or delivery. At least one of those patients was able to deliver vaginally.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction Updates featured Joseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about breast reconstruction.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2007.

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