What is a SGAP flap?

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What is a SGAP flap?

An SGAP flap (superior gluteal artery perforator), or gluteal perforator hip flap, uses this blood vessel, as well as a section of skin and fat from your upper buttocks/hip (the so-called “love handles”) to reconstruct the breast. Because no muscle is used, an SGAP flap is considered a muscle-sparing type of flap.

What is an apex flap?

The APEX FlapSM breast reconstruction is a highly sophisticated microsurgical technique that is used to rebuild the breast lost to mastectomy. Like the DIEP Flap, excess living fat from below the belly button is transplanted to the chest to restore volume and shape.

Who described the DIEP flap?

Koshima and Soeda
Koshima and Soeda first described the DIEP flap in 1989 (13) and Allen and Treece popularized its use in breast reconstruction in 1994 (14). This flap has been studied extensively and is a safe reliable option in breast reconstruction with low morbidity (Figure 3).

What is a dorsal flap?

(luh-TIH-sih-mus DOR-sy …) A type of surgery used to rebuild the shape of the breast after a mastectomy. A muscle in the back called the latissimus dorsi, along with skin, fat, and blood vessels, is moved from the back to the chest to form a new breast mound or to form a pocket for a breast implant.

What should I wear after SGAP surgery?

You usually stay in the hospital for about 4 days. It can take about 6 to 8 weeks to recover from SGAP flap reconstruction surgery. Your doctor may recommend that you wear a compression girdle for up to 8 weeks after surgery.

What is a SGAP?

The SGAP procedure is an advanced microsurgical technique that is used to rebuild the breast lost to mastectomy. Living fat is transplanted to the chest from unwanted excess from the upper hip region to give back volume and shape in the newly reconstructed breast while imparting a “butt lift” in the donor site.

Does DIEP flap lose weight?

That means you won’t lose strength in your belly. And your recovery should be less painful than some other flap surgeries. Because DIEP surgery uses natural tissue, your new breast should change with your body. If you gain or lose weight, for example, you’ll see those changes in the breast, too.

How long is SGAP surgery?

The SGAP flap procedure lasts about 9 to 12 hours. Many plastic surgeons prefer to do each breast separately, which means two different operations spaced a few months apart.

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