Reconstruction With Perforator Flap
A "flap" is typically a combination of muscle, fat, and skin taken from the patient's abdomen, back, or other parts of the body. Newer techniques called "perforator flaps" allow surgeons to take only the tissue needed for breast reconstruction, the skin and fat, and preserve the underlying muscle. This is a tremendous advantage over other procedures like the TRAM, which sacrifice major muscles. Used in breast reconstruction, perforator flaps taken from one part of the anatomy are reattached to the chest to make a new breast.
Years of research and commitment to refining techniques have allowed the NYEE physicians to perfect superior methods that use a woman's own body tissue without the need for implants or sacrifice of muscles in the abdomen. The procedures have slightly different names depending on where the flap comes from.