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Not many physicians are able to offer microsurgical breast reconstruction because of the skill required to deliver this technically challenging procedure. Dr. Leedy and his staff at our Cleveland-area practice believe microsurgical breast reconstruction offers patients considerable benefits over traditional breast reconstruction techniques.
At the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, microsurgical breast reconstruction is performed to restore a missing or malformed breast using tissue from the patient’s own body. Donor tissue for this procedure is taken from the abdomen. Dr. Leedy is proud to offer muscle-sparing TRAMs and DIEP flaps (deep inferior epigastric perforator flaps). Microsurgical breast reconstruction utilizing muscle-sparing TRAMs or DIEP flaps offers advantages over traditional TRAM flap breast reconstruction. In the traditional TRAM flap, the entire rectus muscle is taken to reconstruct the breast, which can cause significant problems and postoperative pain. By taking an entire rectus muscle the abdominal wall is significantly weakened, sometimes making it difficult for patients to go from lying to sitting. It also can increase the risk of postoperative hernias and by nature of the procedure, the scar is often just below the level of the belly button. At the Cleveland Institute, microsurgical breast reconstruction as offered by Dr. Leedy provides for a quicker recovery, less muscle weakness postoperatively, and allows for the scar to be placed in the bikini-line, as in a tummy tuck.
If you live in the Cleveland or Mayfield Heights area, and microsurgical breast reconstruction can help you or a loved one, please contact Dr. Leedy today to schedule a consultation to learn more the benefits of this advanced procedure and to begin the path to a new you.