|DIEP Flap – overview|
|Operation time:||5-8 hours|
|Hospital Stay:||5-7 nights following the operation|
|Type of Anaesthesia:||General anaesthetic|
|Recovery Time:||6-8 weeks
Driving after 2 weeks, Exercise after 8 weeks
|Risks of Surgery include:||Bruising, swelling and discomfort.
In rare cases, patients experience bleeding (haematoma), infection, failure of the flap (approx 2%), partial failure of flap, the need to re-operate (approx 8%), wound breakdown or necrosis of the mastectomy skin flaps. Problems occurring a week after the operation can include temporary reduced sensation of the abdominal wall and reduced sensation of reconstructed breast.
Other (rare) problems can include scars – abdominal, umbilicus, breast unsightly, lumpy, stretch; seroma; and fat necrosis.
|Further Treatment:||Visit to the Hospital Dressing Clinic (a week after discharge).
Check up with your surgeon/registrar
|Nipple reconstruction:||Around 3 months later|
|Nipple Tattooing:||1 month after reconstruction (by your surgical team)|