In this 11-minute video, plastic surgeon Devinder Singh, M.D., discusses surgical options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. He explains the two basic types of breast reconstruction -- implant reconstruction and autogenous reconstruction (using the body's own tissue to construct a new breast). He outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Dr. Singh notes that age should not be a limiting factor in deciding to have reconstructive surgery and recommends that every woman undergoing a mastectomy discuss reconstructive surgical options with her surgeon.
Dr. Singh performs a state-of-the-art method of breast reconstruction called DIEP Flap, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap. This microsurgical technique involves completely removing a portion of abdominal tissue from the body, bringing that tissue to the mastectomy site, and reconnecting the blood supply under a microscope to reestablish circulation to the relocated tissue.
Dr. Devinder Singh is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a member of the Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.